RH: Floyd Played On Three NCAA Teams As A Shocker

The RoundHouse | 9/21/2022 3:51:00 PM

 
 
MaryAshton Floyd played four seasons of volleyball at Wichita State and contributed to some of the most successful teams of that era from 2012-15.
 
Often, she did her thing on the court. Off the court, she served an equally important role as a helpful teammate and role model. That instinct remains in her post-college life, both as a counselor and youth coach. After Wichita State, she earned a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University and works as a licensed professional counselor.
 
“I enjoy working with people and getting to help coach and encourage them through different struggles in life,” she said.
 
She took a break from volleyball after playing as a Shocker. She returned to the sport as a club and high school coach. She gives private lessons now in Oklahoma City.
 
“I just enjoy working with the girls and helping them love the sport,” she said. “I missed it and I enjoy being around (the sport) again.”
 
Floyd plays sand volleyball and met Beau Fraley, her fiance, at an indoor tournament in Oklahoma City. Current Wichita State assistant coach Katie (Reilly) Zimmerman will serve as their maid of honor. Zimmerman and Floyd played together all four seasons at Wichita State.

“It is crazy for her to be co-workers with (coach Chris Lamb),” Floyd said. “She loves the sport and loves coaching and is good at it, it’s been fun to hear how that transition back to a place we loved so much as athletes is going. It’s a cool thing to get to see her do that.”

 

At Wichita State: Floyd, who played outside hitter, earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 2014 after hitting .218 with 269 kills. As a freshman, she played in 13 matches for a team that defeated Kansas and Arkansas to advance to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. She played on the 2013 and 2015 Shocker teams that won MVC titles and advanced to NCAA play. 

 

Update us on your current location and life status:

 I now live in Oklahoma City and work as a licensed professional counselor at a private practice doing various types of mental health counseling. I specialize in eating disorders, sports performance anxiety, and general anxiety and depression.

 

Also, I am about to get married in the Fall to Beau Fraley. 

What was your major at Wichita State?

Psychology with a minor in sociology 

 

Why did you choose Wichita State?

I chose Wichita State because I loved the culture in athletics and knew when I first came to campus that it felt like home. I loved the people and the chance to compete at this level.

 

Besides the sport you played as a Shocker, what was your favorite sport?

I also love WSU basketball.

 

Which teammate helped your adjustment to college life?

Katie (Reilly) Zimmerman – she is still my best friend and will be my maid of honor at my wedding in October.

 

What are your favorite memories from college athletics?

I loved training and getting to play with my best friends every day. So many great games and wins and losses, but I loved getting to suit up each weekend and go out and play with my team. There is no place better than Koch Arena!

What advice would you give to a person starting their athletics career in college?

Take care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically and try to maintain perspective. It is a huge deal to play college athletics, but it is still a game and only four-to-five years of your long and beautiful life.

 

What book you would recommend to current college students?

“Boundaries,” by Cloud & Townsend 

 

Paul Suellentrop covers Wichita State Athletics and the American Athletic Conference for university Strategic Communications. “Catching up” is a regular feature highlighting former Shockers. Story suggestion? Contact him at [email protected]

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