Edmisson hired as head Women’s Basketball coach

By Thomas Huitt-Johnson

April 3, 2012

Rob Edmisson hasn't had a losing season -- ever. In 22 seasons as a basketball coach, that alone stood out as the 48-year-old was waiting to hear back from several schools about a job. When Western sought out to hire somebody, Edmisson was a man the Griffons envisioned. They snagged him off the market Thursday night. Edmisson was hired as the eighth Women's Basketball coach in Western's history after being announced at the Griffon's press conference Friday afternoon, and will take over for Lynn Plett, who was let go after five seasons at the helm. During the search, Western Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin said a winning coach mattered, as well as a Midwest guy and somebody who could build a program. Edmisson fit that description according to McGuffin. "When we look for a basketball coach, we look for the right fit: someone to build a program," McGuffin said. "I kept going back to coach Edmisson. When our job came open, we talked early, and then I kind of went through his background, and I said 'gosh, we know a lot of the same people.' And I continued to call them and get their input on coach Edmisson. And I found what I thought we needed here." The Director of Athletics spent 28 days searching through a list of over 200 applicants. He narrowed it down quickly, and with help from several people, McGuffin brought in two candidates for a visit. Edmisson made the cut to the final two. From there, McGuffin made the decision to go with the former Oklahoma City coach, who was fresh off of a NAIA Championship, having just won it nine days prior. "We're going to take this program back into even higher status," Edmisson said. "Ultimately, our final goal is what I experienced nine days ago -- a national championship. And that's where we're headed." Edmisson hoists over 400 wins as a collegiate coach and another 100 in high school. He led Oklahoma City to a 35-1 record with a talented group that had three Division I players. He took the Stars to seven straight post-season tournaments and topped it off with the 2012 championship. After that performance, he knew it was time to move up. "This isn't going to be just Rob Edmisson show up and all of a sudden we win 30 games," Edmisson said. "It's going to take the whole community to get going. But what we are going to do is get this back to hanging banners. That's our goal; that's our mission. We will get there." Edmisson credited McGuffin as a huge factor in why he chose Western. He stated that the new A.D. is the face of the program, and they immediately shared a bond. McGuffin took over as the head of Western athletics in late October. The Griffons have six available scholarships, and after losing all-time leading scorer Jessica Koch, they need them. Koch, who finished with 1,776 points, is just one of five seniors that the Griffons lose. Returning starters include a trio of seniors in Kallie Schoonover, Alicia Bell and Brittany Griswold, who suffered a stress fracture in her right foot in the final month of the season, ending her junior campaign early. Plett finished his five-year tenure with a 46-89 record, which included a 33-72 MIAA record. He was fired less than 24 hours after Western lost to Washburn in the first round of the MIAA tournament, as McGuffin pointed to change needing to be made. Edmisson will almost certainly show a roster change if he follows the same path he took at Oklahoma City.