ENID, Okla. —
Building a family feel
And while the very nature of being a two-year college means there is less time for bonding, NOC Enid appears to break that mode as well.
Prior to the start of the Lady Jets’ tournament run, Addi Shamburg, the daughter of Greg Shamburg, spoke to the Lady Jets’ team. Addi, an 18-year-old senior at Oklahoma Bible Academy, gave the team a pep talk, which is quite impressive considering she is fighting a battle of her own with Hodgkins lymphoma.
Her talk clearly touched the Lady Jets, and their head coach. The team donned sported warmup T-shirts prior to their tournament games that read “ADDItude” in support of the younger Shamburg.
“She is truly inspirational,” said Lady Jets’ head coach Scott Morris last week during the national tournament, saying she “challenged the team to look at the big picture and it really put things in perspective.
“We all wanted to come out and see what we could for her.”
It was another indication that there is something a little bit different, a little out of the ordinary, or at least outside the expected norm in the otherwise transient world of junior college athletics as Shamburg and Morris have been able to build a program that has a feeling of family among its players at NOC Enid.
And that formula for success has not been limited to basketball. The NOC Enid baseball program under head coach Raydon Leaton has been nationally ranked in 11 of the last 12 seasons and just like Shamburg and Morris, he he has been at NOC Enid since 2001. Leaton has over 400 career wins. Several former Jets have earned Division I baseball scholarships and a couple have been taken in the Major League Baseball draft.
Another sport has been added this year, with softball replacing women’s volleyball. And apparently not wanting to be left out of the success mix, the Lady Jets, in their first-year under head coach Jamie Roberts, are off to an impressive 19-6 start and are likely going to be ranked when the first Division II softball rankings are released this week by the NJCAA.