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Emporia State Hornets basketball

Emporia State Hornets
Emporia State Hornets athletic logo
University Emporia State University
First season 1901
All-time record 1,367–1,110 (.552)
Conference MIAA
Location Emporia, KS
Head coach Shaun Vandiver (4th year)
Arena William L. White Auditorium
(Capacity: 5,000)
Nickname Hornets
Student section E-Zone

Black and Gold

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
NCAA Tournament appearances
2004, 2007
Conference regular season champions
1946, 1947, 1948, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1985, 1988

The Emporia State Hornets basketball team represents Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, in the NCAA Division II men's basketball competition (the school's women's basketball team is known as the "Lady Hornets"). The team is currently coached by Shaun Vandiver,[1] who replaced David Moe after he resigned in 2011.[2] The Hornets currently compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

The basketball team plays its home games in William L. White Auditorium downtown Emporia. Since joining the NCAA in 1991, Emporia State has only been to the NCAA Tournament twice: 2004 and 2007.


  • Overview 1
  • History 2
    • 1901–1918 2.1
    • 1920–1943 2.2
    • 1945–1998 2.3
    • 1998–2011 2.4
    • 2011–present 2.5
      • Seasons under Vandiver 2.5.1
  • Record vs. MIAA opponents 3
  • Venue and culture 4
    • Home arena 4.1
    • Mascots 4.2
  • 2014–15 Roster 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The Emporia State Hornets team annually plays a nineteen-game conference schedule that is preceded by an out-of-conference schedule that includes an one exhibition game between the Kansas Jayhawks or the Kansas State Wildcats, switching every other year. The conference schedule consists of playing every MIAA member at least once, some twice. Emporia State does, however, play the Washburn Ichabods in the rivalry known as the Turnpike Tussle and the Pittsburg State Gorillas.[3][4]


Emporia State Coaching History
Tenure Coach Won Lost Pct.
1901–1907 Carney 10 21 .323
1907–1909 Sampson 20 8 .714
1909–1912 Honhart 27 10 .730
1912–1914 Crispin 14 17 .452
1917–1918, 1922–1923
Hargiss 47 19 .712
1916–1917 McChesney 11 5 .688
No team (WWI) 1917–1920
1920–1922 Schabinger 24 9 .727
1923–25, 1927–1936 Trusler 84 59 .587
1925–1927 McGahn 22 13 .629
1936–1943 Kutnick 66 60 .524
No team (WWII) 1943–1946
1946–1970 Fish 323 279 .537
1970–1998 Slaymaker 452 348 .565
1998–2001 Comstock 33 49 .402
2001–2011 Moe 162 126 .563
2011–present Vandiver 52 61 .460
TOTAL: 114 years 16 coaches 1,367–1,110 .552

Emporia State's basketball program was founded in 1901, thirty-eight years after the university was founded.[5] Since 1901, the Hornets have belonged to six conferences. When the school was an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, they participated in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference, and the Central States Intercollegiate Conference. When the university was recognized as an NCAA Division II school, they joined the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association(MIAA).[6]


Homer Woodson Hargiss

Earl Carney was the first coach, earning a 10–29 record over six seasons from 1901 to 1907.[5] The inaugural game was a 12–13 loss to the Florence Opera House, a team from Homer Woodson Hargiss (1914–1916, 1917–1918) and H. D. McChesney from 1916 to 1917.[8] Due to World War I, Emporia State did not have a team from 1918 to 1920.[8]


A.A. Schabinger

In 1920, Emporia State resumed sports after World War I ended. A.A. Schabinger, also known as Arthur Schabinger, led the Normals from 1920 to 1922. He had a combined record of 24–9. Homer Woodson Hargiss was the head basketball coach at Emporia State three times—first from 1914 to 1916, then from 1917 to 1918 and then from 1922 to 1923. During his total of four seasons, he garnered a record of 47–19. Vic Trusler was the only other coach at Emporia State to serve more than one time as the head basketball coach at the school.[8] After having Schabinger and Hargiss at the helm, Trusler took the job from 1923–1925 and then again from 1927–1936. After serving as coach for two seasons, Llyod McGahn took the job for only two seasons with a combined record of 22–13. After McGhan left in 1925, Trusler again took the job, remaining in that position until 1936. He departed after leading his teams to 84 wins, 59 losses. From 1936 to 1943, Paul Kutnick lead the Hornets with a 66–60 record.[8] Due to World War II, ESU had no team from 1943 to 1946.


After starting the sports programs back up after World War II, Gus Fish served as head coach from 1946 to 1970 compiling a record of 323–279 (.537) record.[9] Fish led the Hornets to six conference championships, tied for another, and made six appearances in the NAIA national tournament, placing fourth in 1946 and 1964. While at ESU, Fish also served as the president of the NAIA in 1955 and helped establish the NAIA track & field program. In 1960, Fish assisted with the U.S. Olympic basketball team and also was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Until 1990, Fish was the all-time winningest coach at Emporia State.[10]

Ron Slaymaker took over the program when Gus Fish retired in 1970.[11] Slaymaker is the winningest coach in Emporia State history, with a record of 452–348 (.565). After coaching for 28 years at ESU, Slaymaker finished with 452 victories, five conference titles and four district championships.[12] He was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1986, when the Hornets went 31–5. He was also named the District 10 Coach of the Year six times and was the assistant coach for the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival, Assistant Coach for the U.S. at the 1987 World University Games and served on the 1988 Olympic Basketball Selection Committee. Slaymaker also led ESU to four trips to the NAIA National Tournament.[12]


After Slaymaker's retirement, Marc Comstock took over the job.[13] After going 33–49 at Emporia State in three years, his contract was not renewed in 2001.[14] Following Comstock was David Moe, son of former NBA player and coach, Doug Moe.[15] In his ten seasons from 2001 to 2011, he led ESU to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2007 and is one of just three coaches to take his team to every MIAA Post Season Tournament held in Kansas City. Those teams advanced to the semifinals of the tournament in four of the last six years.[16] Moe is third most winningest coach in ESU history behind ESU Hall of Honor members Gus Fish and Ron Slaymaker, with a record of 162–126.[17]


In April 2011, Shaun Vandiver was hired as the next coach after Moe's resignation.[18] Currently, Vandiver has an overall record of 51–61, and a record of 27–52 in the MIAA.

Seasons under Vandiver

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Emporia State Hornets (MIAA) (2011–present)
2011–12 Emporia State 9–18 5–17
2012–13 Emporia State 13–14 8–11
2013–14 Emporia State 18–13 10–10
2014–15 Emporia State 12–16 5–14
Emporia State: 52–61 28–52
Total: 52–61

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Record vs. MIAA opponents

Emporia State vs. MIAA members
Current MIAA Members
Emporia State
First Game Overall Record Last 5 Meetings Last 10 Meetings Current Streak Since Joining
the MIAA
Central Missouri 1906–07 UCM, 41–68 ESU, 3–2 UCM, 3–7 W 2 UCM, 18–29
Central Oklahoma 1930–31 UCO, 16–4 UCO, 1–4 UCO, 2–8 L 3 UCO, 1–5
Fort Hays State 1916–17 FHSU, 84–95 FHSU, 0–5 FHSU, 1–9 L 8 FHSU, 6–14
Lincoln 1992–93 ESU, 16–5 ESU, 5–0 ESU, 8–2 W 8 ESU, 7–0
Lindenwood 2012–13 LWU, 1–2 LWU, 1–2 LWU, 1–2 L 2 LWU, 1–2
Missouri Southern 1968–69 MSSU, 30–48 MSSU, 2–3 MSSU, 3–7 L 3 MSSU, 19–27
Missouri Western 1976–77 MWSU, 29–43 ESU, 3–2 Tied, 5–5 L 1 MWSU, 16–33
Nebraska–Kearney 1974–75 UNK, 16–20 UNK, 2–3 ESU, 7–3 L 1 UNK, 2–3
Northeastern State 1952–53 ESU, 7–5 NSU, 2–3 Tied, 5–5 L 2 NSU, 2–4
Northwest Missouri State 1926–27 NWM, 23–38 NWM, 0–5 NWM, 3–7 L 6 NWM, 15–25
Pittsburg State 1919–20 ESU, 96–92 PSU, 2–3 PSU, 4–6 W 1 PSU, 18–22
Southwest Baptist 1971–72 SBU, 18–28 SBU, 2–3 SBU, 4–6 L 1 ESU, 22–20
Washburn 1905–06 WU, 102–103 ESU, 3–2 WU, 4–6 L 1 WU, 16–32
Former MIAA Members
Emporia State
First Game Overall Record Last 5 Meetings Last 10 Meetings Current Streak While in
the MIAA
Missouri–Rolla 1991–92 ESU, 15–8 ESU, 5–0 ESU, 7–3 W, 7 ESU, 13–8
Missouri–St. Louis 1967–68 Tied, 3–3 UMSL, 2–3 Tied, 3–3 L, 1 UMSL, 2–3
– Lincoln left the MIAA after the 1998–99 season and rejoined in the 2010–11 season. – Does not include the 1991–1999 seasons.
Sources: [19][20][4][21][22]

Venue and culture

Home arena

Since 1940, home basketball games have been played at William L. White Auditorium, a 5,000-seat arena which is named after William Lindsay White, son of William Allen White.[23] The auditorium is also home to the men's basketball team and the Lady Hornets volleyball team since the program started in 1973.[24] In 2008, White Auditorium received an upgrade with a new scoreboard and video board, as well as a new color scheme on the arena floor and the throughout the entire building.[23]


Corky the Hornet is Emporia State University's mascot.[25] In the 1930s, when Emporia State University was named Kansas State Teachers College, the athletic teams were known as the "Yaps". Many people were not fond of the name, most notably legendary coach, Vic Trusler.[25] Trusler suggested to a local writer, Cecil Carle of the Emporia Gazette, that the university's athletic teams should be called the "Yellow Jackets". However, the name changed to "Hornets" because of the lack of newspaper space.[25]

In 1933, the Kansas State Teachers College had a student contest where students and staff could design a mascot for the college. A sophomore by the name of Paul Edwards, who graduated in 1937, designed Corky for a campus–wide logo contest. Many students sent in their drawings of a mascot, but they chose Edwards' Corky, a "human–like" hornet. Corky was published in The Bulletin, the student newspaper for Emporia State University.[25]

In August 2014, it was announced that Corky will have a nephew.[26] Buz will be a smaller, more "child friendly" hornet that will visit local schools, participate in community events and be present at ESU activities. Buz has been designed by Corky's creator Paul Edwards, who turned 100 years old in January 2015.[27]

2014–15 Roster


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  2. ^ "Moe steps down as ESU coach". 
  3. ^ "Emporia State University Athletics - 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule". 
  4. ^ a b "Emporia State University Athletics - 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule". 
  5. ^ a b c 2011 MBB Media Guide page 46
  6. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association - Conference History". Retrieved 2015-09-08. 
  7. ^ Emporia State University
  8. ^ a b c d 2010 MBB Media Guide
  9. ^ "Reading Eagle - Google News Archive Search". 
  10. ^ "Emporia State University Athletics - Hall of Fame". 
  11. ^ "ESU basketball court to be named for award-winning coach". 
  12. ^ a b "Kansas Sports Hall of Fame - Slaymaker, Ron". 
  13. ^ "CMUCHIPPEWAS.COM Comstock Named Men's Basketball Assistant Coach - Official Athletic Site - Men's Basketball". 
  14. ^ BRENT MAYCOCK. "Emporia State hires Moe as men's coach". 
  15. ^ " - College Sports". 
  16. ^ ESU Athletics. "Emporia St. Basketball Coach Steps Down". 
  17. ^ "ESU men's basketball coach David Moe stepping down". Emporia Gazette. 
  18. ^ "Emporia State names Vandiver new basketball coach". USATODAY.COM. 
  19. ^ 2012–13 Media Guide
  20. ^ 2009–10 Media Guide
  21. ^ "Emporia State University Athletics - 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule". 
  22. ^ "Emporia State University Athletics - 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule". 
  23. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  24. ^ ESU Volleyball at White Auditorium
  25. ^ a b c d "Corky the Hornet". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "Buz, Corky's nephew". Emporia Gazette. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  27. ^ "Corky the Hornet creator turns 100". Emporia Gazette. 

External links

  • Official website
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