Wichita State women’s basketball is 6-1 entering Saturday’s game against New Orleans at Koch Arena. Guard DJ McCarty and forward Jane Asinde join the podcast to discuss the camaraderie and communication that are helping the Shockers. We also discuss the international flavor of the team, the best dancer and how McCarty improved her foul shooting. DJ stakes her claim as the team’s funny person and Jane explains the pride she feels representing Uganda as a college basketball player.
Wichita State volleyball assistant coach Brian Hosfeld talks about the how the Shockers are translating practice habits to matches in recent weeks, Morgan Weber’s volleyball IQ and Natalie Foster’s scoring in the middle. We also discuss his lifelong journey in coaching, the Japanese influence on his coaching style and his handy-man skills.
Connor Phelps, director of marketing and fan engagement, joins the podcast to talk about music, promotions, food and more as Shocker basketball season arrives. Phelps, a Wichita State graduate, discusses how the game-day staff organizes music and promotions, what’s new for fans at Koch Arena and what he learned from his time as a student working in the athletic department.
Wichita State men’s assistant coach Tyson Waterman is on the microphone to prepare fans for Thursday’s Shocker Madness scrimmages and skills contest. Waterman talks about Craig Porter Jr.’s progress as a senior point guard, off-season bonding work with the team and newcomers to watch. He also reveals, somewhat reluctantly, his picks for the dunk and three-point shooting contests.
Wichita State softball coach Kristi Bredbenner updates us at Wilkins Stadium over a bucket of Hi-Chew candy. We talk about the recent facility improvements and lessons from fall scrimmages against Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State. Bredbenner discusses the rebuilt pitching staff, highlighted by fall performances from freshman Alex Aguilar and newcomer Lauren Howell. Freshman Sami Hood is playing second base and Bredbenner talks about a defensive comparison that should excite fans.
Associate head coach Ewa Laskowska prepares fans for the upcoming season with a look at Shocker newcomers such as Curtessia Dean and Aniya Bell and returners such as Jane Asinde and Trajata Colbert. We discuss DJ McCarty’s role as point guard and how she fits as the Shockers rebuild their backcourt after the departure of three seniors. Laskowska also discusses the emphasis on adding scoring to the roster with seven newcomers. The Tipoff Luncheon is set for Oct. 14 with Shocker Madness on Oct. 27. The Shockers play on an exhibition game against Missouri Southern on Nov. 1. The opener is Nov. 9 vs. Alcorn State.
Shocker assistant Butch Pierre joins the podcast to get fans ready for basketball season. He discusses practices and why he thinks the Shockers will score more this season and the talents of newcomer Jaykwon Walton. He reminisces about his exposure to Shocker basketball in 2006 and 2007 when he coached at LSU and his impression of the atmosphere in Koch Arena. We also talk about playing in the SEC against Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins, a recruiting trip to Houston on a private plane and his love for fishing.
Shocker pitchers Robert Cranz and Matt Wilkinson update us on fall baseball. We discuss their uniform preferences, their path to Wichita State and how often it’s appropriate for a coach to call when recruiting. We also talk about teammates who are making a good impression this fall and why Cranz thinks he matured over the summer entering his sophomore season.
Wichita State softball’s dinner and auction is Saturday and the Shockers open their fall schedule with a scrimmage on Sunday. Associate head coach Elizabeth Economon is here to update fans on newcomers making a good impression this fall, how the program’s success changes recruiting and how the coaches challenge returners such as Addison Barnard and Sydney McKinney. We also discuss the opening at first base, Jessica Garcia’s career arc and the new batting cages built next to Wilkins Stadium. We wrap up by breaking down the accuracy of the “Coach E impressions” video directed by McKinney and featuring her teammates, sunglasses and a bucket hat.
Wichita State men’s tennis coach Darragh Glavin talks about his journey from Ireland to the United States to play college tennis and how youth sports differs in the two countries. He discusses why he missed tennis during a year away from the sport and why he chose coaching as his profession. Glavin, hired at Wichita State in June, also talks about his team, his coaching mentors and the importance of the connection between his program and the Wichita tennis community.