Dibbini Contract Extended Through 2020-21
Dibbini Contract Extended Through 2020-21
MANHATTAN, Kansas – Following a successful debut season of K-State Soccer, K-State Athletics and head coach Mike Dibbini announced today a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
“Coach Dibbini and his staff have done a remarkable job in two short years of building a strong foundation for K-State Soccer,” Interim Athletics Director Laird Veatch said. “This extension was initiated by John Currie and reflects how pleased we are with the program’s progress in its first competitive season. The Manhattan community has fully embraced our newest program as evidenced by the record-setting crowds that filled the K-State Soccer Complex last season, and we look forward to an exciting season this fall as we play our first Big 12 Conference schedule.”
In the program’s first season in 2016, Dibbini guided K-State to a record of 4-9-3, while the program ranked fourth in the nation for average attendance with 2,265 per match and set the NCAA Division I women’s soccer attendance record in the state of Kansas in the program’s first home match with 2,403 enthusiastic supporters.
The Wildcats return 17 letterwinners, including more than 90 percent of the point scorers from a year ago. In addition to the returners and four additional redshirt student-athletes, K-State recently announced a 12-member signing class for the 2017 season. The class consists of players from California, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
“First, I would like to thank President Richard Myers and our athletics administration for their support of me, my staff, and our young soccer program,” Dibbini said. “Under their great leadership and vision for the program, they have afforded me the opportunity to be fully engaged. Having the support and commitment from our athletic department and University allows my staff and me to continue to strive and build on a solid first-year foundation. I am extremely proud and honored to be the soccer coach at Kansas State University, and my family and I love K-State and Manhattan.
“The process of building a soccer program from scratch in the Big 12 is a challenge, especially in this modern era of recruiting and prospective student-athletes verbally committing as early as their freshman year in high school. However, my staff and I are very confident we can be competitive sooner than expected. The extension allows us the momentum to build and compete at the Big 12 level. Our first two years of working at K-State have been playing catch-up in the recruiting cycle and building the program administratively, and now over the next several years, we will be able to see the process evolve. Kansas State is a special place. I am thankful to be part of the K-State Family and very blessed to work at such an exceptional University within this great community of Manhattan.”
At each of his coaching stints at the NAIA and Division II levels, Dibbini has built winning programs and successful student-athletes. He is a 12-time conference coach of the year who led Kansas Wesleyan and Cal Poly Pomona to 13 postseason tournament appearances and an overall career winning percentage of .733 as a collegiate head coach (269-87-34). Dibbini coached eight years at KWU leading both the men's and women's programs before moving to Pomona in 2013.
In just his second year at Cal Poly Pomona in 2014, Dibbini directed the Broncos to their best season in 15 years with a 15-6-1 record and a No. 16 national ranking, the second-highest in program history. Cal Poly Pomona advanced to the Division II West Region title game in the third round of the NCAA Tournament (quarterfinals) and produced six all-conference performers including the school's fourth-ever All-American.
Charged with the task of rebuilding the Bronco program when hired in 2013, Dibbini's first team posted a 6-7-5 record. Cal Poly Pomona made tremendous strides in year two not only on the playing field but in the classroom as well. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recognized the efforts of the Broncos with a pair of Team Academic Awards for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
At Kansas Wesleyan, Dibbini served as the Director of Soccer Programs from 2005-12 for both the men's and women's teams. Combined, he amassed a record of 244-65-25 (.768) and in conference play, his teams went 133-7-4 (.938) while capturing 12 regular-season titles and 12 tournament titles.
The Kansas Wesleyan women's team posted a record of 126-30-14 under Dibbini and, in 2012, the Coyotes were 20-2 overall en route to capturing the league's regular-season and tournament titles and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year recognition for Dibbini.
Dibbini also helped KWU secure a berth in the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round, where Kansas Wesleyan defeated Benedictine to advance to the NAIA National Championship Final site in Orange Beach, Ala. It marked the second time in the Opening Round era that the Coyotes had reached the Final Site, the first in 2008.
The KWU women's squad won three-straight regular season championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008 while going undefeated during that span, and won four-consecutive conference tournament championships in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 before adding another in 2010.
The Kansas Wesleyan men's soccer team finished the 2012 season with a 16-3-2 record overall, winning both the KCAC regular season and tournament championships for a third-straight season and advancing to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round for a third-consecutive year. Dibbini earned his sixth KCAC Coach of the Year accolade in 2012 and through his eight seasons, the men's team went 118-36-11 overall.
Prior to coaching at KWU, Dibbini was the Boys' and Girls' Soccer Coach at Salina Central High School in Salina, Kansas, from 1999 through 2006 and also helped develop the Salina Soccer Academy youth program. In 2006, he was named the AVCTL Division I Coach of the Year. In 1999, he received the Kansas State Youth Soccer Boys Coach of the Year award. He holds an NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma and USSF National Coaching License.
Dibbini graduated Cum Laude from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education, and continued on to earn a Master of Business Administration in 2002.
As a student-athlete with two years at KWU and two at Bethany Lutheran (Minn.), Dibbini became a four-time All-Conference, All-Region and All-American selection. In 1997, Dibbini was ranked No. 2 in the NAIA for goals and points while also earning NAIA Academic All-Region and National Small College Player of the Year honors.
Originally from Palmdale, California, Dibbini was a two-time All-CIF First Team and Golden League Player of the Year honoree while at Palmdale High School. His high school career featured a CIF Player of the Year selection as well.
Dibbini and his wife Trina, also a Kansas Wesleyan graduate and Baldwin City, Kansas, native, have two children, Jada and Kadin.
Kansas State will play eight home matches, including four matches in Big 12 play, in the 2017 season. To become a member of the K-State Founder’s Club and have access to season tickets for the 2017 season, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
Head Coach, Kansas State (2014-present; 4-9-3, .343)
Head Coach, Cal Poly Pomona (2013-14; 21-13-6, .600)
Director of Soccer Programs, Kansas Wesleyan (2005-12; combined record – 244-65-25, .768)
Head Coach, Salina Central High School (1999-2006)
Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Kansas Wesleyan, 1999
Master's in Business Administration, Kansas Wesleyan, 2002
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Coaching Diploma
USSF National Coaching License
Children: Jada and Kadin