Wichita State high jumper Destiny Masters talks about her dramatic qualifying for the NCAA Championships and how she progressed from uncertain Division I athlete at Bluestem High School to national qualifier. She details how coach Steve Rainbolt learned when to give her a break and when to push and how his positive reinforcement plays a role in her success. Masters also discusses her relationship with former Shocker assistant coach Pat Wilson and his role in getting her to Wichita State.
Wichita State volleyball coach Chris Lamb updates fans on spring practices, how his newcomers are fitting in, Morgan Stout’s busy spring in the middle and why he compares scheduling to baking an apple pie with the proper ingredients.
Wichita State director of track and field Steve Rainbolt discusses the championship at the American Athletic Conference outdoor meet, how depth and balance prevailed and how his college experiences taught him to value the team aspect of an individual sport. We also talk about how the Shockers changed to compete in a new conference, decisions on the margins that paid off and how coach Kirk Hunter produced a superb year for his distance runners.
Wichita State senior Lauren Mills talks about her slugging and command of the strike zone during her career as a Shocker. She talks about the pride she and her teammates feel about this era of softball and upgrades on the drawing board for Wilkins Stadium. We also discuss the importance of a good breakfast, animation trends in movies and the care and handling of a rabbit as a pet.
Wichita State men’s basketball associate head coach Kenton Paulino discusses his relationship with coach Paul Mills, his experience with Shocker fans while coaching at Tulsa and what it means to be an “All-Glue” kind of basketball player. We talk about coaching unselfishness, P.J. Tucker as a teammate and Tennessee’s Rick Barnes as a mentor. We wrap up by discussing his view of the best shooter on the coaching staff and his memories of beating West Virginia with a last-second shot in the NCAA Tournament while playing for Texas in 2006.
Wichita State basketball assistant coaches Quincy Acy and Chris Hollender talk about their relationship with coach Paul Mills and why they joined him. Acy reveals how playing with former Shocker Cleanthony Early introduced him to Shocker basketball and how Acy’s seven-season NBA career can influence his players. We wrap up by talking about his wife’s salsa. Hollender talks about wearing the sleeves at Evansville, his definition of pouring himself into players and why he recommends his players watch video of Kenneth Faried.
Seniors Orel Ovil and Zach Grueber discuss their careers at Wichita State, their advice for young college athletes and why they are involved in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Ovil talks about his future in coaching and how he used his life experiences in Israel to help the team. Grueber reveals his favorite Wichita pizza and both come prepared with several book recommendations. The Shocker tennis teams play their final home matches of the season on Saturday vs. Creighton.
Farrah Miller joins the podcast to talk about the challenges of running the 800 meters, how her practice run at Cessna Stadium led her to Wichita State from New York and her advice for sight-seeing in the Big Apple. We talk about carbon-plated shoes and how they are changing the sport and more before Friday’s K.T. Woodman Classic at Cessna Stadium.
Wichita State center fielder Lauren Lucas and catcher Lainee Brown talk about last weekend’s series win at UCF and the elements that make that rivalry matter. We discuss the upside of national rankings, who they text after a big game and which Shockers give positive energy. We also break down Brown’s offensive surge, how Lucas deals with catches at the wall and the potential for a 2023 “Give me your best impression of Coach E” video.
Wichita State pitching coach Mike Pelfrey joins us to talk about Payton Tolle’s two-way brilliance, Grant Adler’s roaming and Clark Candiotti’s slider. We discuss statistical measurements for pitching and how a good catcher can steal strikes. We wrap up by arguing whether Pelfrey’s gone soft, or if he is smartly learning new ways to work with his pitchers.