Shannon Wyckoff Hunt joined the Cougar volleyball program as a volunteer coach in August 2011 and was promoted to assistant coach in the spring of 2013. Her ability to hone the skills and techniques of the Cougar defense directly contributed to the 18-win season in 2013, and was an attribute in 2014 with WSU leading the nation in sets won versus Top 25-ranked/receiving votes teams by a non-ranked team, and tied for second in the nation for most two-point set losses to Top 25-ranked/receiving votes teams.
Under Hunt’s guidance, WSU’s 15.19 digs per set average was the highest in four years and sophomore defensive specialist Kate Sommer had another outstanding season with 495 digs, fifth-best in WSU single season records. Sommer’s two-year career total of 954 digs is 10th-best in Cougar all-time records. In addition, WSU held the 2013 opponents to a .208 hitting percentage average, the lowest since the 2006 season.
Senior libero Kate Sommer, the first recruit signed by Greeny and her staff at WSU, has accumulated 1,475 digs in three years which is second-best in WSU all-time records and only 298 digs from claiming the school record. Sommer’s season totals of 521 digs (2014), 495 digs (2013) and 459 digs (2012) rank fourth, sixth, and eighth-best in WSU’s single season school records. Sommer was selected from the 2015 USA Open Tryouts to compete for the USA team at the 11th Annual Global Challenge tournament in Croatia in the summer of 2015.
Hunt was an outstanding student and athlete at WSU from 1994 through 1997, and a teammate of Greeny. During Hunt’s collegiate career the Cougars volleyball team played all four years in the NCAA Championship Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight once and to the Sweet Sixteen once.
She was the first Washington State player to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Her 1,254 career digs was the WSU all-time list leader from 1997 until 2008 and is currently second-best all-time. Hunt tallied 1,051 career kills which was fifth-best at the time and now ranks ninth-highest in school history. In addition, her career 83 service aces total is ranked 11th-best at WSU.
Hunt competed at Prairie High near Vancouver, Wash., and was the state volleyball Player of the Year three consecutive years - twice in AA and once in AAA. She was the first four-time all-league selection in the history of the Greater St. Helens League. The Falcons’ volleyball team finished fourth three times in the state championships. Her senior year Prairie also won the state AAA Academic title. Hunt was a starter on the Nike Northwest Juniors Club team all five years she played.
At Washington State, Hunt started on the left side as a freshman and missed only six matches in the starting lineup, due to injury, during her four-year career. As a sophomore Hunt’s 376 digs led team and 3.72 digs per game was third-best in conference. She set a school record with 32 digs in a match at South Florida in 1995. She was named to two all-tournament teams as a junior and was an important cog in the Cougars’ advancing to the NCAA Championships Elite Eight. As a senior, Hunt continued amassing kills and digs as an outside hitter, earned two more all-tournament honors, and helped lead the Cougars to the Sweet Sixteen at the NCAA Championships.
Hunt was recognized for her academic excellence with Pac-10 All-Academic second team and honorable mention selections as well as being named to the GTE/CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America Teams three times.
After graduating from WSU in the spring of 1998 with a degree in education, Hunt taught at the elementary level in the Vancouver, Wash., and coached volleyball at Heritage High and Hockinson High Schools.
Prior to returning to WSU Hunt taught and coached in the Vancouver, Wash., area for a dozen years. She was the head volleyball coach at Prairie High School in Brush Prairie, Wash., for the 2000 through 2003 seasons where she tallied a state championship tournament berth and had three players advance from prep to collegiate volleyball careers. She was inducted into the Prairie High School Hall of Fame in January of 2015.
Hunt moved to the newly constructed Hockinson High School, also in Brush Prairie, Wash., where she was the head volleyball coach from 2004 through 2010. At Hockinson, Hunt led two Hawks’ volleyball teams to state championship tournaments and had five players play collegiately after their prep volleyball careers.
Hunt lives in Pullman with her husband Joe and their sons Grayson and Austin.