Jeffrey Breault: A Brief History of the Wichita State Shockers

Jeffrey Breault is a huge fan of the Wichita State Shockers, the official basketball team of Wichita State. The team has a long history that stretches far back to the beginning of the 20th century.

The team’s first game happened in 1906, back when they were known as the “Wheatshockers” and Wichita State was still known as Fairmont College. At this inaugural season, the Wheatshockers won just two games. Less than 20 years later, the tea, completed the season with a record of 13 – 1, putting them at second place after Pittsburg State University and acclaim even outside Wichita.

Under the leadership of Coach Ralph Miller, who arrived in 1951, the team gained greater success, including multiple school records set by players like Cleo Littleton and Dave “The Rave” Stallworth. Miller is recognized as the eighth-winningest coach in the history of college basketball.

Wichita State University’s 1964 – 65 season proved to be one of their best. Under Coach Gary Thompson, the team achieved their very first No. 1 ranking. With Henry Miller as the coach, the team made it into the NCAA in 1976, where they lost by one point to the Michigan Wolverines.

The seasons from 1980 to 1984 were unforgettable for several reasons. In the 82 – 83 and 83 – 84 seasons, the school was placed under NCAA probation because of improper actions of assistant coaches during the ‘70s. It was also during this period that the team achieved a 92-29 record, making it the best four years in the team’s history at the time.

The 2013 to 2014 season, under Gregg Marshall, is widely considered among the best seasons in the Shockers’ entire history. After beating Missouri State, they became the very first Division I team with a 31 – 0 season finisher. They also made it to No. 1 in the Midwest Region of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

As one of the team’s most avid fans, Jeffrey Breault closely follows and supports the Shockers’ journey.


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