Dwayne Stephens named Western Michigan’s men’s basketball coach

Western Michigan didn’t go far to find his next men’s basketball coach.

Dwayne Stephens, who’s been on Tom Izzo’s staff at Michigan State for nearly two decades, has accepted the job at Western Michigan, the school announced Monday afternoon.

Stephens replaces Clayton Bates, who was let go this spring after the second year of a three-year deal.

Stephens’ contract is a six-year deal worth $420,000 a year, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. That nearly doubles the deal for Bates, in terms of salary and years. Bates was on a three-year deal contract worth $220,000 a year. In his most recent contract at Michigan State, Stephens was making more than $350,000. Stephens’ salary at WMU matches what Central Michigan is paying Tony Barbee and exceeds what Eastern Michigan is paying Stan Heath ($375,000), both of whom were hired last year.

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