News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 5, 2012

COLLEGE REPORT: From Terre Haute South to Division I competition to coaching careers

Joey Bennett
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Adriane Wunderlich and Katelyn Bishop both turned stellar high school careers at Terre Haute South into Division I collegiate careers at Indiana State and Southern California, respectively.

Like many athletes, once their days of competing were over they were not ready to end their athletic careers, and both have landed new jobs as assistant coaches at successful programs.

Wunderlich is the new assistant coach in track and field/cross country at Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Bishop, meanwhile, has joined the coaching staff of the College of Charleston – a Division I school which competes in the Southern Conference.

Both women extended their studies beyond their underclassman days, and are glad to be able to put away the books and begin their professional coaching careers.

Wunderlich graduated from ISU in exercise science in 2010, and completed her master’s degree there last spring in the same field.  

During that time, she served two years as a volunteer assistant coach at Rose-Hulman.

“I’ve known I wanted to coach since high school,” Wunderlich said. “Jeff Martin really got me excited about the other side of the sport by being such an inspirational coach. He was a hurdler during his own athletic career, but yet here he was coaching athletes to All-State status in mid-distance and pole vault. I thought that was so cool how he was a student of the sport.

“At ISU, I was constantly in the coaches’ offices picking their brains,” Wunderlich said. “I knew I had found my niche. Coach [John] Gartland was and still is a great guide for me, as he and I would sit down and talk more in depth about workouts than maybe some of the other girls as he knew coaching was the path I was headed toward.”

After helping lead USC to the NCAA Final Four during her playing days, which ended in 2008, Bishop began a four-year journey toward a law degree at Campbell University in North Carolina which concluded this spring.

During that time, she coached with the Triangle Volleyball Club travel program.

“Volleyball has always been a passion of mine,” Bishop said. “After my playing days ended, I couldn’t imagine life without volleyball in it. I had always associated myself with volleyball and it was strange to not have volleyball in that part of my life.

“Being a part of the Triangle club was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, and I developed relationships there that will last me a lifetime,” she said. “My desire to coach developed as a result of Rick Risinger, Brian Payne and Steve Beeler. On numerous occasions they were willing to put in extra time with all of us at South to help us achieve our potential.”

Wunderlich feels fortunate to have coached at Rose-Hulman, and the experience of being on a small staff will be helpful as she is the only paid assistant at TAMUK.

“Coaching is my passion,” she said. “The past two years at Rose I looked forward to going to practice. It was the highlight of my day. Now I’m excited to call coaching my career.

“Of course now I have to deal with a lot more of the behind the scenes paperwork, budgeting, and all that fun stuff that comes with it, but I’m excited nonetheless.”

Wunderlich, who ran middle distances and competed in the steeplechase at ISU, learned many things about coaching during her time at Rose-Hulman.

“Coaching at Rose was a great experience,” she said. “Since I was a volunteer, NCAA mandates my responsibilities so I couldn’t do a lot of that behind the scenes work. I facilitated the distance runners’ practices. Larry [Cole] would write the distance runners’ workouts and I would put them through them.

“Rose only has the Coles and Christy Sherman for 80 or so athletes, which is one of the big things I took away from the program,” Wunderlich added. “At TAMUK, we have similar numbers, so I’ve learned through my time at Rose how to balance those numbers amongst the coaches as well as delegate odd jobs to injured or redshirt athletes.”

Bishop will not go into her new situation without knowing anyone, as CofC assistant Kimi Olson was a collegiate teammate at USC.

Bishop was a Volleyball Magazine ‘Fab 50’ selection, Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year and two-time AAU All-American. She spent three years with the USA Girls’ Youth National Team where they won the NORCECAs and finished fourth in the World Championships.

"We are very happy to add Katelyn to our talented staff here at CofC," head coach Jason Kepner said. "She brings a resume of success and will help us get back to the NCAA Tournament. We look forward to welcoming Katelyn to our Charleston family."

“The College of Charleston is an amazing program with a very talented staff. C of C has a long established program of excellence,” Bishop said. “College of Charleston also was one of the first schools to compete in the inaugural sand volleyball season. Last season they had great success and were selected to compete in the AVCA Inaugural Sand Championships where they finished fourth.”

“It is a great time to be at the College of Charleston.”

CofC has only competed at the DI level since 1991, but has compiled a winning percentage of .689 during that time with six NCAA tournament appearances.

Wunderlich is also thankful to Larry and Matt Cole for encouraging her to continue her coaching education.

“The Coles are big into USTFCCCA and USATF education courses,” she said. “It’s important for coaches to stay current with new techniques, workout regimes, etc. as things in sport are ever-changing. They encouraged me to get involved in the coaching education process and now I am an USTFCCCA certified Endurance Specialist and look forward to future education courses.

“If for some reason I don’t enjoy coaching as much as I think I will or feel a tug on my heart elsewhere, I did a thesis for my Masters which gives me the option of going back for my PhD and go into teaching/research,” she said. “But at this point in my life, coaching is where I’m meant to be.”

Bishop isn’t sure of her exact career path, but is enjoying the ride for now.

“I have had some of the most amazing coaches in my life, and they have taught me a lot about myself as a teammate, a player, and now as a coach,” she said. “What I learned from them has helped me to develop my coaching style now, and will continue to develop my coaching style in the future. I owe a lot to them, and continue to coach volleyball today because of them and the impact that they made on my life.

 “I can’t tell what the future may bring, but I do know that I will continue coaching volleyball at some level for the rest of my life. I will eventually use my law degree, but for now I am just living life and enjoying what it throws my way.”

• Price to SMWC – Terre Haute South and Lincoln Trail grad Kayla Price will be joining the St. Mary-of-the-Woods softball team this fall.

“Kayla is an experienced athlete with both an impressively accurate pitching arm, and the most refreshing attribute of all: pure passion for the game,” Coach Gary Rodgers said. “I look for Kayla to make an impact on our team as a pitcher who has good movement on her pitches, and can hit her spots for good location.”

She will join former teammates Macy Toon and Rebecca Latta with the Pomeroys this year.

• Farmer honored – Brittany Farmer of Butler University has been named a Division One ITA All-America Scholar Athlete for Women’s Tennis for her work in the classroom this year.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following: be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and been a student at their present school for at least 2 semesters. Farmer earned a 3.9 GPA this year. This is the second year in a row that Farmer has been selected as an All-America Scholar.


Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at tribstarcollege