Coming off a year in which the Cougars finished with a winning record for the second consecutive season, there was plenty to build on as they look forward to the next year. One goal heading into the offseason was to get another player who could provide a spark not only in the batter’s box, but on the base paths as well.
Enter Alan Shibley.
Alan Shibley, an Oklahoma native, has spent the last few years at San Jacinto Junior College in Houston, Texas. The start of his career saw Shibley put up impressive numbers across 2 seasons. His most recent season, however, was his most complete one yet and should have Cougar fans beyond excited about what he can potentially add to the lineup. In 62 games last year, not only did Shibley bat .358 to go along with 11 home runs and 55 RBI, but also led his team to the JUCO world series, making him one of the most sought-out transfers in the country.
We got the chance to sit down with Shibley, discussing his decision to come to WSU, his goals to this season, and much more. Here is what Shibley had to say…
First off, congrats on the season that you were able to put together last year. Talk to me about the transition from Juco to the Pac 12. How has the adjustment period been so far and how difficult, if at all, has the transition been for you?
It’s been different. It’s definitely been a noticeable difference coming from a juco to a power 5 conference. The facilities that you have access to at these division 1 schools is second-to-none,along with the benefits you receive, doesn’t even come close in comparison if I’m being honest. The coaching staff, along with the players, have also made the transition a lot easier than I thought, so now I’m just excited to get going and get the season started.
How did you decide that WSU was the best school for you?
The biggest factors for me are development and trust. I had multiple talks with the coaching staff, while also visiting the campus a few times, and every time it felt very welcoming. Them being the first power 5 school to come talk to me already put them at an advantage, while the talks and visits did nothing to deter that. The staff repeated their desires to form relationships with the players, not just to produce a winning product on the field, so the trust can be there off the field as well, which was huge for me.
How many schools were recruiting you?