Director of Volleyball Operations
Shannon Lamb is in her 18th season at WSU after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State in Pullman, Wash. She is in her ninth 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.
Associate Head Coach
Sean Carter is in his third season as a coach for the Shockers and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in the spring of 2017. He came to WSU after serving as an assistant coach at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Calif., from 2012-13.
In his three seasons, he has helped guide the Shockers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, one American Athletic Conference regular-season title, one Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title, and two MVC Tournament titles. He has also coached four All-Americans (Abbie Lehman, Katie Reilly, Jody Larson, Tabitha Brown) during that span and led the Shockers to a 100-31 overall record.
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.
Austin Hosto just finished his first season as an assistant coach for the Shocker volleyball program.
In his first season, he helped guide the Shockers to the NCAA Tournament and an American Athletic Conference regular-season title.
He came to WSU after serving as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of Arizona Beach Volleyball program in spring of 2017. He was also an assistant coach for the Arizona Men’s Volleyball Club team in 2016-17.
In 2017 at Arizona, Hosto was responsible for on-court coaching as well as scouting of opponents and game plan development for specific teams. He also collaborated with the coaching staff to develop team compositions and pairings for a top-9 ranked team in NCAA Division I.
As an assistant coach with the men’s club, he organized and executed practice plans, developed in-game strategies and developed new skills training drills.
From 2015-17, he was the head coach for the Desert Sand Volleyball Club. He performed on-court coaching and was responsible for scouting of opponents and assisted the director in organization and scheduling of practices and tournament dates.
During the 2016 fall season, he was an assistant coach for Central Arizona College where he developed and implemented serving and blocking systems.
From 2013-15, he was the student manager for the Arizona Women’s Beach Volleyball program and he served as a coach and student manager for the David Rubio Volleyball Camp from 2013-15 and for the Steve Walker Sand Volleyball Camp from 2014-15.
As a player, Hosto was a starting middle or outside for the University of Arizona men’s club volleyball team from 2010-15. In 2013 and 2015, he led the team to a NCVF Final 8 finish. In 2016, he was an outside hitter for the Arizona Sizzle, a member of the Premier Volleyball League.
Austin earned his bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in Spanish in December 2015 from the University of Arizona.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Julie Allen is in her second season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Shockers.
During her two seasons at Wichita State, Allen has helped the Shockers to two NCAA Tournaments, one American Athletic Conference regular-season title and one Missouri Valley Conference tournament title.
Before coming to Wichita State, Allen was an assistant volleyball coach at UTEP for the last six seasons. While at UTEP, she served as the recruiting coordinator and the team’s technical coordinator. She shared in all of the program’s coaching responsibilities, including offensive director and opponent scouting game prep.
In 2013, Allen guided UTEP middle blocker Xitlali Herrera to AVCA Division I All-America, AVCA All-Southwest Region first team and all-Conference USA first team honors.
Recruiting Herrera in 2011, Allen helped her to become the only C-USA middle blocker to play all six rotations. The senior ranked 23rd nationally, fourth in C-USA and first on the team in kills with 465 including a career high 27 against Tulsa (11/15) and Southern Miss (11/19). The Juarez, Mexico native tallied 29 double-digit kill performances in her last season with the Miners. She finished her career fourth all-time in program history with 1,182 kills.
Allen joined the UTEP volleyball staff after a two-year stint at Arkansas State. While at Arkansas State, Allen helped direct the Red Wolves to back-to-back winning seasons, 22-11 in 2009 and 21-12 in 2008. She also tutored Cayla Fielder, the 2008 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Week Heather Brown.
Prior to Arkansas State, the Sebastopol, Calif., native spent two years as an assistant coach at Georgetown (2006-07) where she handled scouting, offseason recruiting and team development. Her efforts helped the Hoyas improve from a 0-25 record to eight wins and the Georgetown Classis Title.
She began her collegiate coaching career at Chico State (2004-05) where she assisted with recruiting, travel and summer camps while leading the men’s club team to a fifth-place finish at the national tournament.
Allen is a 2005 graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy, a program that provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. She also participated in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy Dimension 2 in 2007.
Allen received her bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in social studies from the University of Portland in 2002, where she was a four-year setter for the Pilots. She finished her career fifth all-time in Pilots’ history in assists.
She is currently working on a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletics.
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.