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July 2013 Archives

Coleman carries family atmosphere full circle

By Kelly McHugh

Two decades ago, K-State football's new wide receiver coach Andre Coleman was a member of a Wildcat football team that made K-State history.

Introducing the Men's Basketball Newcomers

Today's Sports Extra will mark the first of a series introducing Kansas State's newest men's and women's basketball players for the 2013-14 season. The following is a comprehensive look at the men's newcomers, which includes five freshmen and two transfers.

By Kelly McHugh

Coming to Manhattan from coast to coast, second-year head coach Bruce Weber will welcome seven new players to the Kansas State men's basketball team in 2013-14.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 25

Good Afternoon K-State Nation!

It's time for the final installment in our five-part series reviewing progress towards our Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program which we introduced July 10, 2009, (click here to see that announcement) along with our five core goals of:

A World-Class Student-Athlete Experience
Value to Our University, Community and State
Integrity and Transparency in Matters of Ethics, Finance and NCAA Compliance
Championship Level Athletic Performances
The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12

Last Friday we covered Goal No. 4 - Championship Level Athletic Performances. Today we focus on our first, and perhaps most important, goal: A World-Class Student-Athlete Experience.

With all the headlines about the "business" of sports, conference realignment, etc., it is easy for some to forget that at the core of our enterprise is the student-athlete experience. This past year K-State was represented by 458 young people in 16 different sports who hailed from 14 countries, 35 states and were pursuing degrees in seven colleges plus the Graduate School.

When we make decisions or prioritize resource allocation we must always have goal No. 1 in mind and ask ourselves, "What is in the best interest of our student-athletes?"

Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 19

Good Morning K-State Nation!

It's time for installment No. 4 in our five-part series reviewing progress towards our Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program introduced July 10, 2009, (click here to see that announcement) along with our five core goals of:

A World-Class Student-Athlete Experience
Value to Our University, Community and State
Integrity and Transparency in Matters of Ethics, Finance and NCAA Compliance
Championship Level Athletic Performances
The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12

Earlier this week we covered Goal No. 3 - Integrity and Transparency in Matters of Ethics, Finance and NCAA Compliance - and today we focus on Goal No. 4 - Championship Level Athletic Performances.

Before we get into the highlights, I want to share how proud I am of our coaches and student-athletes for the success they have achieved over the past four years. Collectively, I truly believe we have the best group of coaches in the country and over 450 student-athletes who are fully committed to achieving success on the field, in the classroom and in life.

Space does not allow including every single athletic achievement since 2009 but here is our best attempt at the highlights. You can visit k-statesports.com to relive every season with stories, stats, photos and videos.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 15

Good Morning K-State Nation!

It's time for installment No. 3 in our five-part series reviewing progress towards our Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program introduced July 10, 2009, (click here to see that announcement) along with our five core goals of:

A World-Class Student-Athlete Experience
Value to Our University, Community and State
Integrity and Transparency in Matters of Ethics, Finance and NCAA Compliance
Championship Level Athletic Performances
The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12

Last week we covered Goal No. 2 -- Value to the University, Community and State -- and today we focus on Goal No. 3 -- Integrity and Transparency in Matters of Ethics, Finance and NCAA Compliance.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Publishing a detailed budget for the upcoming year is an important component of our transparency pledge. We'll continue the tradition after we complete this five-part series this month.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 8

Good Afternoon K-State Nation!

I trust everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday and weekend and that you were able to spend some quality time with friends and family.

In last week's letter (click here) we began a review of our progress towards our Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program which we introduced on July 10, 2009, (click here to see that announcement) along with our five core goals of:
  • A World-Class Student-Athlete Experience
  • Value to Our University, Community and State
  • Integrity and Transparency in Matters of Ethics, Finance and NCAA Compliance
  • Championship Level Athletic Performances
  • The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12

Today we review goal No. 2 - Value to the University, Community and State.

Here are a few highlights:

Economic Impact
Over $125 million in new and improved facility projects underway and/or completed in the last four years means lots of work for local sub-contractors and materials suppliers as well as MHK hotels, restaurants and stores filled with out-of-town contractors and workers.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 1

Good Afternoon K-State Nation!

Does it seem to you that June came and went in a blink of an eye? It sure does to me, and I realized over the weekend I haven't written to you since June 3.  Since then our entire staff has been working at a tremendous pace as we brought fiscal year 2013 to a successful close yesterday.

June highlights included the finest baseball team in K-State history advancing to within two 9th-inning runs of our first-ever College World Series trip.  Coach Brad Hill and his team have represented K-State so well and with Major League draft picks Ross Kivett and Shane Conlon announcing their intentions to return to K-State next year, along with many other strong leaders and our fine young pitching staff, we are very optimistic for another great year in 2014.  It was extremely gratifying not just to see the Manhattan community pack Tointon Family Stadium for our three-win NCAA regional sweep, but also our fans realize and embrace how much fun NCAA baseball can be.  When we eventually advance to the CWS I know K-Staters will turn Omaha Purple, just as fans who watched the title series between Mississippi State and UCLA saw the Bulldog faithful paint the ballpark maroon.

Coach Cliff Rovelto's track team also advanced to the NCAA Championships where several Cats scored points, including Erik Kynard, who concluded his spectacular K-State career with a second-place finish in the high jump to go along with his two previous NCAA titles.  Erik plans to join many other world-class post-graduate track athletes training in MHK and has already claimed a USA Championship to advance to this summer's World Championships in Russia.

Click here for another look at the "Year of the Wildcat!"