The big man Dwayne Stephens has big goals for WMU basketball

Dwayne “DJ” Stephens has had several opportunities to leave Michigan State to become head coach during his 19 seasons on the staff at East Lansing.

Often, when a job came up, he turned to fellow assistant Mike Garland.

“And he would tell me, ‘this is not for you,'” Stephens said. “This opportunity came, and he said, ‘It’s your time.’

“He gave me the thumbs up. It’s time.”

The new men's basketball coach in Western Michigan, Dwayne Stephens, poses with sports director Dan Bartholomae on Wednesday.

Stephens, 50, a Metro Detroit native, Michigan State alum and basketball lifer whose career has led him from Oakland to Marquette to Michigan State, was formally introduced as the 15th head of men’s basketball coach in Western Michigan history during a pep rally on campus in Kalamazoo on Wednesday.

Stephens spoke for nearly an hour, thanking a legion of colleagues who have helped him reach that point, including Michigan State Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo.

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