Director of Volleyball Operations
Shannon Lamb is in her 16th season at WSU after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State in Pullman, Wash. She is in her seventh year as Director of Operations after serving the previous nine seasons as an assistant coach.
During her time as an assistant coach at Wichita State, Lamb helped the Shockers to four Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles, one MVC Tournament title and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
As Director of Operations, Lamb is responsible for organizing and planning many events including Alumni Weekend, the annual volleyball banquet, and the volleyball 101 dinner. She also coordinates the Little Spikers and Junior Spikers program along with the Shocks Match Club, and volleyball camps and clinics as well as assisting with travel arrangements for the team.
Before taking the assistant position at Washington State, Lamb was an assistant volleyball coach at New Mexico State in the spring of 1997 and was named first assistant coach at Northern Illinois University in June of the same year. While at NIU, she helped lead the Huskies to the Mid-American Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament where they fell in the second round to eventual Final Four participant Penn State.
A 1993 graduate from St. Ambrose University with a bachelor of arts degree in sports management, Lamb was a three-time first-team all-conference selection (1989, 1991, 1992) and twice earned all-district accolades (1991 and 1992). The Davenport, Iowa, native was team captain for two years, named the "Most Valuable Player" for a season and earned the Stephanie Mullin's Award for outstanding leadership. The award is named after the former Wichita State volleyball player who died from complications from surgery in 1984.
Upon completing her bachelor's degree at St. Ambrose, Lamb served as the assistant track and field coach at her alma mater for one year. She took over the reigns of the volleyball program in 1994 and guided the Fighting Bees to back-to-back conference volleyball championships (1995, 96) and a berth in the 1995 NAIA Volleyball Championship Tournament. Lamb, who amassed 100 wins in just three seasons, was selected as the conference "Coach-of-the-Year" in 1995.
While at St. Ambrose, Lamb also had responsibilities as an assistant softball coach, coordinator for men's and women's tennis, and assistant to the athletic director. She earned her masters degree in business administration in 1996 from St. Ambrose.
She is married to Chris Lamb and they have two daughters, Gracie and Sydney.
Matt Hoffman is beginning his third season as an assistant coach for the Shockers.
In 2013, Hoffman helped lead the Shockers to the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title, Valley Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Matt came to WSU after serving as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Stanford from 2010-2012. While at Stanford, he helped the Cardinal to three NCAA Tournaments and two Elite Eight appearances and two conference championships. He also coached five All-Americans.
He assisted with the offense during the 2012 season and ran statistical and video software in 2010 and 2011 to aid in scouting and team performance. He also assisted in practices and matches and served as a staff member during Stanford volleyball camps from 2005-2010.
From 2009-13, he was the head coach for the Vision Volleyball Club in Los Gatos, Calif. During his time with Vision, he was an assistant coach on the team that won the 18 Open Bronze medal in 2011 and 2012 and also assisted on the 18 Gold.
He served as camp director and owner of the Homestead Volleyball Camp from 2009-11, was a physical education teacher at Homestead High School from 2006-13, and boy’s club volleyball coach for Central Coast Volleyball Club from 2005-10.
From 2007-09, he was the girl’s varsity volleyball coach at Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif. He led the 2008 team to the state tournament and finished runner-up, while also being Central Coast Section and NorCal champions. In 2007, the team was Central Coast Section champions and NorCal runners-up.
Matt was the girl’s varsity volleyball coach at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif., from 2005-06 and the assistant coach for Club Yahoo 15’s in San Jose in 2005. He was also the girl’s varsity volleyball coach at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, Calif., from 2002-04.
Hoffman earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in December 2003 from San Jose State and earned a teaching credential in physical education from National University in 2005.
While at San Jose State, Hoffman was a member of the men’s volleyball team.
He and his wife, Noel, reside in Wichita with their daughter, McKenna and son, Owen.
Sean Carter is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Shockers. He came to WSU after serving as an assistant coach at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Calif., from 2012-13.
While at The Master’s, he helped the Lady Mustangs to two NAIA National Tournament appearances and a NAIA National Quarterfinals appearance in 2013. He also coached two-time All-American Sam Dougherty and 2012 NAIA Freshman of the Year Aubrey Bekendam.
At The Master’s, he did on floor coaching, individual training of all positions, scouting of opponents, practice design and management, recruiting and served as the liaison between the facility and event manager. He was also the director of the summer volleyball camps.
From 2009-12, he was the manager for the University of Arizona volleyball program. During his time with the Wildcats, he was responsible for assisting the head coach and assistant coaches with training exercises, setting up and taking down all video scouting equipment and all volleyball equipment, running the Data Volley Program, oversight of volunteer managers and doing inventory of all volleyball equipment.
From 2012-14, he was the head coach for the Legacy Volleyball Club in Valencia, Calif. During his time with Legacy, he was in charge of practice design and management, on floor coaching, individual private training and was the liaison between the club athletes and college recruiters.
From 2010-12, he also was the head coach for Volleyball Club Dinamo in Tucson, Ariz.
Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2012 from the University of Arizona.
While at Arizona, Carter was the starting setter and team captain for the University of Arizona men’s club volleyball team from 2009-11. In 2010, he was the starting libero for 2nd City Premiere that won the USA Volleyball Adult Nationals open division and from 2006-08, he was the starting libero for Cal State Northridge. He was also a member of the Synergy Volleyball Club from 2003-06.
Donnie Wallace is in his second season as Volunteer Assistant for the Shockers after three seasons as Head Volleyball Coach at Southwestern College.
Wallace led the Builders to the most wins in at least five seasons and their highest KCAC tournament seed in more than a decade.
While coaching at Southwestern, Wallace founded the Wichita Xpress Volleyball Club. Wichita Xpress teams won the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier in 2013 and achieved several top 10 finishes at other national qualifier tournaments.
Wallace’s volleyball coaching career started with an impressive stint at Wichita Collegiate School. For the first time in school history, the Spartans went to the state tournament and won the class 3A state championship. That year, Wallace was named All-Metro Coach of the Year.
Wallace earned a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences from Kansas State in 2003 and a master’s degree in sport administration from Wichita State in 2007.
Donnie and his wife Danielle reside in Wichita with their children Anya, Logan and Riley. Danielle played volleyball for the Shockers in 2002.
The staff will include Wichita State staff as well as high level club and high school coaches as well as current and former Wichita State volleyball players.