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  Rock Cartwright
Coach Dawson has seen 35 of his former players be selected in the National Football League Draft

Under the direction of head strength and conditioning coach Chris Dawson and assistant strength and conditioning coaches Darren Honeycutt and Corey Meredith, the Kansas State strength and conditioning program is committed to maximizing the on-field performance of every student-athlete.

The program designed by Dawson and Honeycutt combines weight training, plyometrics, stretching and flexibility exercises, running and proper nutrition to enhance each student-athlete’s ability to compete.

Dawson is a 19-year veteran of the strength training and conditioning field and in 2007 was named the National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society.

  • 1015 - Safe Squat (Eric Everley, DL, 1998)
  • 666 - Bench Press (Andrew Bulman, DL, 2004)
  • 417 - Hang Clean (Tank Reese, DL, 2002)
  • 3.67 - Pro Agility (Terence Newman, DB, 2002)
  • 4.22 - 40-Yard Dash (Frank Murphy, RB, 1998)
  • 42” - Vertical Jump (Frank Murphy, 1998 and Josh Scobey, 2001)
  • 42.04 - 300-Yard Shuttle (Frank Murphy, RB, 1998)
  • 6.33 - 3-Cone Agility (Terence Newman, DB, 2002)
  • 579 - Incline Press (Andrew Bulman, DL, 2004)


Breaking ground in 2014, the new Vanier Football Complex will add over 18,300 square feet of strength training space, with multi-level height ceilings, natural lighting and a mezzanine overlook. There will also be a plyometric ramp with adjacent running lanes leading out to the football field.

K-State is blessed to have the type of first-rate facilities that allow student-athletes to develop to their fullest potential and become champions.

  • Vanier Football Complex
    Sports: Football, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Rowing

  • Football Indoor Practice Facility
    Sports: Volleyball, Track & Field, Tennis, Equestrian

  • Tointon Family Stadium (John Allen Strength Center)
    Sports: Baseball

  • Basketball Training Facility
    Sports: Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball