Good Afternoon Wildcat Nation!
Today is a special day for K-State
Athletics as we announced earlier this afternoon the hiring of Grant
Robbins, a three-time coach of the year in two conferences who has
guided six teams to NCAA Regional appearances, as our new men's golf
Before I go into more detail about Coach Robbins and his
family, I want to congratulate the 52 student-athletes who earned their
K-State degrees over the weekend. We must never forget that the primary
element of a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience is to give our young
people the support they need to complete their degree requirements and
Of the 52 graduates, we awarded many of them with
their senior K-State rings during our annual spring graduation reception
Friday evening in the West Stadium Center. We will hold a special
luncheon on Tuesday for our rowing and track and field team graduates,
who were away at conference competition this past weekend.
great to meet many family members of our graduates at our annual
graduation reception, which included a terrific message from B.J. Finney
to his fellow classmates.
And, congratulations to our rowers
(third-place finish at Conference USA Championships), track and field
athletes (three individual Big 12 titles) and baseball team (walk-off
win over Texas on Senior Night) for outstanding performances yesterday!
Good Evening Wildcat Nation!
Let me start by wishing all of the
moms in the K-State Family a Happy Mother's Day! I have a great mom back
in Charlotte and my wife Mary Lawrence is a wonderful mother to our
three children, but this holiday is even more special for the Currie
family because it was on Mother's Day, May 10, 2009, that I had my final
job interview with President Schulz, Amy Button Renz and Chuck Reagan.
the AD search, then incoming President Schulz had appointed Amy as
chair, and she assembled an excellent committee including Faculty Senate
President Dr. Melody LeHew, SGA president Lydia Peele, FAR Dr. Mike
Holen, volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz, student-athlete Chris
Merriewether and alumni Lee Borck and Kevin Lockett - all ably supported
by alumni administrative assistant Lynn Beier. After interviewing in
April at the KC airport with the search committee, I was thrilled to
receive a call from Amy asking me to come back for a final interview.
And, I didn't hesitate when Amy apologized that Mother's Day Sunday was
going to be the day. Even with three children ranging from 8 years to
four months Mary Lawrence was perfectly understanding of my need to be
away - she just said if I was missing Mother's Day I'd better get the
It has been an incredible first five years - thanks to the
support of Wildcat fans worldwide, the efforts of our student-athletes
and coaches and of course the transformational leadership of President
Schulz we have made incredible progress towards the K-State Vision of a
Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. We've emerged from a position
of fiscal weakness to one of stability and from a period of conference
alignment insecurity to a new era which sees the Big 12 as one of the
leading leagues in the country. In the meantime we've had some
incredible Championship Athletic Performances, including Big 12 team
championships, multiple Big 12 and NCAA individual titles and
post-season appearances by nearly all our teams, all while producing an
outstanding APR and graduation record.
But, this is no time to
rest - let's keep building together to deliver a World-Class
Student-Athlete Experience and permanently secure K-State's position of
strength within the upper echelon of intercollegiate athletics! Thank
you for your continued support!