Connole Named Director of Sport Psychology

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dr. Ian Connole, an accomplished sport psychology consultant with nearly a decade of experience, has been named K-State Athletics’ Director of Sport Psychology.

Dr. Connole, who most recently worked at Colgate University, is responsible for providing support and mental training for all Wildcat student-athletes to develop a psychological edge in performance and participation. In addition, he will provide oversight of the sport psychology services provided within the athletics department that enhance the personal, academic and athletic success of student-athletes.

“I am very excited to join the K-State family and work with all 450-plus Wildcat student-athletes and 16 athletic teams,” said Connole. “Having competed and consulted within five athletic departments, I understand the daily demands placed on student-athletes, and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their goals and develop as young people.”

At Colgate, Connole was a member of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services department where he worked with all students to help enhance their college experience. He also coordinated sport psychology services with 18 varsity teams at Waynesburg University and the Nate Smith Basketball School.

“In all of my experiences, my focus has been performance excellence,” added Connole. “The dedication to athletic success and providing a world-class student-athlete experience at K-State made this an incredible opportunity for me to become a part of something special.”

Connole is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. His applied sports psychology work was recognized by AASP in 2013 with the Distinguished Student Practice Award.

A native of Maine, Connole earned his bachelor’s degree while playing basketball at Skidmore College before completing a master’s degree in Sport Psychology/Performance Enhancement from California State University – Fullerton. He then earned degrees in Counseling (M.A.) and Sport and Exercise Psychology (Ph. D.) from West Virginia University.