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 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.
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.
Outfielder Jordan Rogers and pitcher Caden Favors discuss uniform choices, falling in love with baseball and best and worst walk-up songs on the team. Favors explains his many roles on the staff, including last season’s run as the “opener.” Rogers talks about “energy vampires.” We also break down airplane comforts, newcomers to watch and how the Shocker coaches provided support during a time of transition.
Wichita State softball coach Kristi Bredbenner takes fans through the roster, which positions she is watching closely as opening day approaches, and how the revamped pitching staff might look. We talk about the recent reveal of plans to improve Wilkins Stadium, why those efforts are important and how the rise in softball’s popularity is helping. A discussion of the home schedule is also included, highlighted by the story behind Stanford’s visit to Wilkins Stadium in March.
Shocker softball seniors Zoe Jones and Sydney McKinney are on the mic to discuss their first impressions of each other, how Jones keeps the mood light in the locker room with her chatter and how she is trying to improve her ability to read the room. We talk about bamboo pillows, bus-trip candy, books and the team’s “culture of weirdos.” They reveal their most anticipated non-conference opponents, break down the rivalry with UCF and why they think Caroline Tallent is ready for a breakout season.
Wichita State interim baseball coach Loren Hibbs joins us with the season drawing near. We discuss returners such as Brock Rodden and Jordan Rogers and newcomers such as Clark Candiotti and David Herring. We talk about Hibbs’ plans to listen to players and use their ideas, while demanding effort and accountability. We spend a few minutes on 1991 Shocker nostalgia and the nightmares Billy Hall and Chris Wimmer caused pitchers. We wrap up with Hibbs revealing his favorite uniform top and his feelings on how combinations are selected for each game.