Rob Edmisson ready for next step

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Rob Edmisson is going to leave Missouri Western after seven years of coaching here, and he’s going to leave their women’s basketball program in a better place than it was when he came here.

It was an emotional press conference, but Edmisson said what he needed to say and thanked the people he needed to thank.

“I wanna thank a lot of people- First and foremost Dr. Vartebedian, who had the wisdom to bring me here and Kurt McGuffin. They gave me the opportunity to run this program and it’s been an honor,” Edmisson said. “Obviously Josh (Looney), Nick (McCutcheon), Theresa (Grosbach), (Eric) Kramer all of these people made this special for me and my family. I came here seven years ago and I promised to Dr. Vartabedian that I’d win him a championship and I’d leave when he left. Little did I know we’d leave at the same time, although at the time I was joking.”

Edmisson made an impact on the Missouri Western athletic department, Since becoming head coach, Edmisson has went 102-70. Sixteen of his players have earned All-MIAA status. Missouri Western has reached the postseason in five of Edmisson’s first six years, with the program’s first NCAA Regional bid since 2004 coming in 2015-16.

His best year record-wise came in the 2015-16 season when the Griffons went 27-4 including back-to-back wins against number nine Emporia State and number three Fort Hays.

Although his record has been good, he’ll tell ya, that’s not at all why he does this.

“My legacy is no longer about winning championships and what job I have; it’s about am I a good father, a good husband, a good grandpa now,” Edmisson said. “How did I affect the lives of the people who’ve come across me in their lives. My favorite is all the players me and my coaching staff had been able to help that maybe were first generation college kids and hopefully made it easier for them.”

Edmisson has touched the lives and hearts of many people here at Missouri Western, and Athletic Director Josh Looney knows he’ll be missed.

“You know it’s his decision, and we will always support what he wants to do,” Looney said. “We’ve had the pleasure of having him here, and he’s done so many great things, he’ll definitely be missed but he’s gotta follow his heart.”

Along with the players he’s played with, Edmisson will miss the coaches here too.

“I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed the coaches at a school as much as I’ve enjoyed Western’s coaches,” Edmisson said. “Buzz (Verduzco), I never really watched baseball but now I’m a big fan. Sundance (Wicks)  I cannot wait for you to cut down that net someday.”

Wicks is happy to know Edmisson, and he was happy to be able to work with him.

“Rob is a hell of a person, amazing guy,” Wicks said. “He’s a mentor, as a young coach, first-year head coach, you lean on him cause he’s been there before. He’s a leader of young women and men and you can tell that from his relationship with me, coach Martin and everyone in the department.”