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Sports Extra Heads West


May 19, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Ready, set, go!

K-State Sports Extra is about to take you on a week-long 700-mile tour of Western Kansas as K-State Athletics heads west to kick off the 2014 Catbacker Tour.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 18

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 coach.

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 be successful.

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.

It was 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!

K-State Recognizes National Armed Forces Day

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US Army Capt. Chris Lamar throws a ceremonial first pitch before the game against Texas at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on May 17, 2014. Lamar recently returned from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 18, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
 
Special Note: Today's Sports Extra is written in memory of U.S. Army Col. John M. McHugh who, on this day in 2010, gave his life while defending his country in Kabul, Afghanistan. A loving husband, son, brother, friend and fellow sports lover; this one is for you, Dad.
 
To my father and all who have served and continue to serve, thank you.
 
- Kelly McHugh
 
A mix of both purple and camouflage filled Tointon Family Stadium yesterday evening as K-State baseball celebrated National Armed Forces Day during the Wildcats' 5-4 win against the No. 18 Texas Longhorns.

K-State Baseball Celebrates Senior Day

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K-State's Ross Kivett throws to first base against Baylor at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 17, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

This afternoon in Tointon Family Stadium, K-State baseball and its fans will celebrate the careers of four special players. 

Senior Spotlight | Tyler Norris

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K-State's Tyler Norris drives off the 10th tee during the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas on October 2, 2012. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With graduation just around the corner, K-State Sports Extra has chosen to highlight a few graduating student-athletes this week who are set to build their careers beyond college.

Senior Spotlight | Aly Bronder

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K-State's co-captains Adria Ley and Aly Bronder speak during the groundbreaking ceremony of the K-State Intercollegiate Rowing Center on Kimball Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas on February 16, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 15, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

With graduation just around the corner, K-State Sports Extra has chosen to highlight a few graduating student-athletes this week who are ready and set to build their careers beyond college.

Norris Reflects on Wildcat Career

May 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State head coach Tim Norris sat in his office at Colbert Hills surrounded by memorabilia displaying a long, memorable golf career.

K-State Sports Extra Q&A With Jharyl Bowry

May 14, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra highlights a student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. This month's featured student-athlete is K-State track and field senior Jharyl Bowry.

Student Workers Help Provide Best Fan Experience in Big 12

May 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Game day - regardless of the sport - is a special day for many. It's the day K-State fans dress up in their finest purple attire and head over to the north side of campus ready to watch their favorite teams in action.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 11

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.

For 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 job!

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!