Letter from A.D. John Currie - December 26
Coach Dibbini comes to K-State after taking Cal Poly Pomona to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals this past fall. He played soccer collegiately at Kansas Wesleyan, also earning his MBA, and spent eight years there as the head coach for both the men's and women's programs. His wife Trina is a Baldwin City native and fellow graduate of Kansas Wesleyan in addition to being a highly respected educator in the Salina school system. I believe he is the perfect fit for K-State and know you'll join me in welcoming Mike, Trina and their two children, Jada and Kadin, to the Wildcat family.In each of his two collegiate coaching stints Coach Dibbini has built winning programs and developed successful student-athletes. He led Kansas Wesleyan and Cal Poly Pomona to 13 postseason tournament appearances and has accumulated an overall career winning percentage of .750 in 10 seasons as a collegiate head coach (265-78-25). I want to add special thanks to our department search committee of Clint Dowdle, Lindsey Babcock, Scott Garrett, Casey Scott, Jill Shields and Chad Weiberg who did a tremendous job in our national search of identifying potential leaders with the drive and vision to build K-State's program into a Big 12 and national contender.You can click here for complete coverage of Coach Dibbini's hiring. We'll also hold a press conference with Coach Dibbini on January 7 here in Manhattan and introduce him to the crowd at the basketball game that evening.In the meantime we continue to work, together, toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program at K-State, and our five goals. Stay tuned in the coming months for more information on our program, including updates on facilities, fan clubs/engagement opportunities and even tickets!We wish you a continued Happy Holiday season and....Go Cats! John CurrieP.S. - Remember to be in Bramlage Sunday afternoon for our 2 p.m. men's basketball game, our women's game at 7 p.m., on Tuesday and then the big December 31 MBB showdown with SEC foe Georgia at 3 p.m. Let's help get both teams ready for Big 12 play with loud crowds in the Octagon of Doom! Click here for your ticket options.