Jan. 23, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State Athletics Director John Currie announced today staff promotions for four departmental administrators.
Casey Scott has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Operations and Event Management, Laird Veatch to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Initiatives, Chad Weiberg to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development and Mike Clark to Senior Director of Development.
“Casey, Chad, Laird and Mike are key members of our leadership team and are well-respected by all of our staff members,” Currie said. “While our overall athletics staff may be among the smallest in the Big 12 Conference, I believe they work as hard and with as much maximum purpose and efficiency as any staff in the entire country."
A 27-year veteran in the intercollegiate athletics profession, including the last 10 at K-State, Scott leads the Athletics Operations unit, and manages the department’s game management and special event operations. He also supervises the offices of athletics communications and Powercat Video, the sports medicine and strength and conditioning staffs, while serving as the Senior Staff administrator for the sports of baseball, men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s golf.
“Casey has provided our department tremendous leadership in many areas, much of it behind the scenes, as we continue towards our vision of a model intercollegiate athletics program,” added Currie. “I appreciate the perspective, values and experience he brings to the table each and every day.”
In his seventh year at K-State, Weiberg's team has catapulted K-State’s fundraising efforts into unchartered territory as the Ahearn Fund has seen record giving totals eclipsed in each of the last two years. In 2009-10, K-State increased total annual fund cash gifts over 50-percent versus the previous year to an all-time high of $14.47 million. The following year was even better, as the annual Ahearn Fund goal was exceeded by more than $1 million and total athletics giving set another all-time record exceeding $17.5 million in 2010-11 while total membership has surged from 5,000 to more than 7,600 under his leadership.
“Chad has done an unbelievable job rebuilding our development and Ahearn Fund infrastructure while leading our development staff in an effort to personally build relationships with K-Staters world-wide as we continue to seek the resources necessary to reach our goal of providing all of our student-athletes with a world-class experience,” Currie said.
Veatch is spearheading the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan and the funding efforts for Phase II, the West Stadium Center. He re-joined K-State Athletics in late 2009 after 16 years of distinguished service at Texas, Missouri, Iowa State and most recently as regional VP for Learfield communications. The Manhattan native, member of Coach Bill Snyder's first recruiting class and former K-State team captain, Veatch is responsible for the direction and implementation of the capital project development for K-State Athletics including the now-under-construction new Basketball Training Facility as well as providing strategic leadership across the department.
“Laird's integrity, national professional experience outside of the K-State environment as well as his perspective as a Manhattan native and former Wildcat football student-athlete enable him to provide invaluable leadership for our entire department,” Currie said.
The long-time Wildcat head baseball coach, who led K-State on the diamond from 1987-2003, Clark has been instrumental in engaging the support of alumni, fans and friends of Kansas State University for the Ahearn Fund and specific capital projects such as the basketball training facility and the West Stadium Center. He is also involved with coordinating the Ahearn Fund’s community relations and assists with special events such as the Catbacker Tour and Powercat Auction.
“Coach Clark is an icon in the state of Kansas, and he has been a great ambassador out on the road for us making visits with Wildcat fans all across the state and region,” Currie said. “His personal contact and communication with our fans has been a tremendous asset for us as we continue to grow the Ahearn Fund.”
Nationally known for its passionate fans, family atmosphere and academic success, K-State Athletics enjoyed enviable across-the-board athletic success in 2011 including a 10-3 record and No. 2 finish in the Big 12 in football, a NCAA Sweet 16 run by volleyball, NCAA appearances by men's and women's basketball and baseball, the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in women's tennis and NCAA championships in the high jump and heptathlon, while USA Today recognized the Wildcat program as one of only 22 in the country to operate in a surplus for the most recent fiscal year and one of only five to do so while decreasing expenses from the previous year.