Wichita State Shockers

Butler coach gets WSU cross country job

Butler Community College's Kirk Hunter is moving to Wichita State to coach distance runners.

Hunter, who has two national championships on his resume, will be WSU's cross country coach and assistant track and field coach. He spent the past 10 years at Butler, where his teams won the 2002 NJCAA Division I women's title and five Region VI titles. His men's team won three Region VI titles. He also coached at Colby Community College from 1988-2000, winning the women's NJCAA Division II championship 1999.

"I have watched over the years that Coach (Steve) Rainbolt has been at Wichita State and have been well aware of the continuing success and tradition that he and his staff have built," Hunter said in a news release. "Our men's and women's teams look to be very strong contenders for this year's Missouri Valley Conference titles."

Hunter was named women's Region VI coach of the year 12 times and men's Region VI coach of the year twice.

He replaces Marc Burns, who took the coaching position at Bradley.

Gillaspie on his way — Omaha first baseman Casey Gillaspie has orally committed to Wichita State's baseball team.

Gillaspie, a senior at Millard North, is the younger brother of former Shocker Conor Gillaspie. Casey Gillaspie is a first baseman and outfielder who switch hits. According to the Omaha World-Herald, he led Millard North with a .486 batting average in the spring and led his American Legion team with a .477 average.

Conor Gillaspie was named a second-team All-American by Baseball America at third base in 2008. The San Francisco Giants picked him with the 37th pick in the 2008 draft.

Take a look — WSU's volleyball team will scrimmage at 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at Koch Arena.

The scrimmage will last 75 minutes and is free. WSU's Volleyball 101 dinner will follow at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased by Friday. Last year's dinner raised $32,000 for the volleyball program.

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