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Thursday night's Talk to the Director of Athletics Radio Show focused on one of Nebraska’s most successful programs, which last fall ended one of the Big Ten Conference’s longest all-time winning streaks in any sport. NU’s soccer team not only terminated a 15-year Penn State run of consecutive conference championships, but also went on to win the Big Ten Postseason Tournament Championship. On Friday, the 3-1 Huskers, who lost five seniors to graduation, return home to host No. 20 Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m. CT. On Sunday, the Huskers will entertain North Dakota in a 1 p.m. match at the Nebraska Soccer Field.
On the opening segment of Thursday night's show, Shawn Eichorst discussed Nebraska’s new technology inside and around Memorial Stadium, plus the launch of new seasons in football, volleyball, soccer, and cross country. He also shared his thoughts on five new coaches beginning their first seasons at Nebraska. Eichorst invited John Walker (pictured above) to be part of his monthly program, and host Greg Sharpe's interview with Nebraska's veteran soccer coach is included in segment 3's audio link above. In his 22nd season at the helm of the program, Walker has coached 11 NCAA qualifiers and nine conference championship teams, including six that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and two that made the Elite Eight.
Mayme Conroy and Samantha Areman – two of four 2014 Husker soccer captains – were special guests on Thursday’s Talk to the Director of Athletics Show. Sharpe's joint interview with them is featured in segment four. Areman is a 5-foot-5 defender from Norris High School in Firth, Neb., and Conroy is a 5-9 forward from Skutt High School in Omaha. A marketing major, Areman has been a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, a Hero Leadership Award winner and a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. A child, youth and family studies major, Conroy has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as well as second-team All-Big Ten honors, athletically. She also was named to the first-ever Osborne Citizenship Team. The Huskers are in their 10th and final season at the Nebraska Soccer Field before moving into the Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex next season. Since moving to campus in 2005, NU has compiled a 65-25-12 record and has nine home games remaining this fall.
Junior Graduate Kevin Williams Interviewed
In a follow-up to his monthly Connecting on Campus column, Eichorst asked Sharpe to interview Kevin Williams (pictured above), a junior defensive lineman from Holland, Ohio. That interview is included in the second link above. Williams earned his bachelor’s degree as a management major last month, and is one of four Nebraska football players competing this fall with their college diplomas in hand. The other three are safety Corey Cooper from Maywood, Ill., offensive guard Jake Cotton from Lincoln, and linebacker Zaire Anderson from Philadelphia. Zach Hedval, a senior still rings specialist from Santee, Calif., is another recent graduate still competing as a member of NU’s men’s gymnastics team.
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