Letter from A.D. John Currie - June 18

Budget UpdateWith the fiscal year fast coming to a close on June 30, I am pleased to report that K-State Athletics will have a balanced budget and achieve a surplus for the fifth straight year! I appreciate our coaches and staff for continuing to make budget-conscious decisions each and every day as well as all of Wildcat Nation for filling our stadiums all year long and participating in the Ahearn Fund. Did you know that this year K-State ticket holders paid $1.56 million in state of Kansas sales tax vs. $1.35 million last year? This is another way we provide Value to the University, Community and State, in comparison to some of our competing peer schools who are sales tax exempt. We have gained a lot of momentum over the past five years but have no plans to slow down. With potential landscape changes around college athletics on the horizon and our vision of continuing to build a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program, we will have to pay even closer attention to our surroundings and every decision that we make must be in the best interest of K-State and our student-athletes. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a more in-depth look at our finances including the unveiling of our 2014-15 operating budget.Top 20 NCAA Track and Field Finishes Cap 2013-14 SeasonCongratulations to Coach Rovelto and our track and field team for a terrific performance at last week's NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. For the first time since 2011, both finished in the Top 20, as the men placed 19th and the women 20th. In terms of individual performances, the Wildcats picked up 10 All-America honors out of the 13 entries including second place finishes for Alyx Treasure in the high jump and Devin Field in the triple jump. As we now look ahead to 2014-15, here is a brief breakdown of some of the highlights from this past season both on the playing field and in the classroom:
  • Defeated Michigan in the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
  • Extended NFL Draft streak to a Big 12-best 21 straight years.
  • 13 consecutive sellouts at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
  • Fifth straight NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Appearance.
  • Big 12 Rowing Championship Runner-Up.
  • Nine Big 12 Track and Field Champions.
  • Petra Niedermayerova qualified for fourth-straight NCAA Tennis Championships and was named First Team Academic All-American.
  • Set baseball season attendance record at Tointon Family Stadium.
  • Opened the new West Stadium Center, Intercollegiate Rowing Center and Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, completing $125 million in new facilities in 30 months.
  • 101 Academic All-Big 12 selections.
  • Big 12-leading APR scores in five sports (FB, M/W Golf, M/W CC).
KSA Staff Honored at National ConventionsThis year's annual NACDA convention in Orlando had a purple hue to it as several of our staffs brought home numerous national honors from their respective organizations. As we had announced earlier this year, Senior Associate AD for Development Chad Weiberg was named the NAADD Fundraiser of the Year and was honored with the award at the annual Director's Cup Luncheon. Our Fan Experience and Sales department, led by Associate AD Scott Garrett and Senior Director Joni Smoller, was named the NACMA Marketing Team of the Year following a tremendous year of attendance superlatives and fan experience initiatives. Our Athletics Communications office brought home six national publication accolades, including two national runner-up honors, and our K-StateHD.TV staff won seven total awards following our third straight year of being the most-watched institutional branded television network on the CBS platform. I continue to be proud of our entire staff for their hard work and commitment to our goals as a department, and it is evident by these awards that their peers feel the same way!Ticket Sales Brisk as Season Football Sellout NearsLast night in Hutchinson I recollected that my first trip there was on June 9, 2009, which happened to be my second official night on the job as athletic director. If I remember correctly, as of that night we had sold about 25,000 tickets for that year's season opener vs UMass, Coach Snyder's first game out of retirement. Fast forward five years and it is incredible to think that thanks to a record number of season football ticket sales and a steady flow of single-game purchases over the last week, we are closing in on a full sellout for THE ENTIRE 2014 SEASON, which will run our consecutive streak of filling Bill Snyder Family Stadium to 20 straight games! With the September 18 game against Auburn already sold out and the remaining singles and restricted view seats for both the SFA and UTEP games now all sold, only scattered singles remain for the Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State games while fewer than 200 tickets are left for the home finale against KU. A limited number of standing-room-only tickets on the Northeast hill can now be purchased by phone, online and in-person for all games except Auburn and Texas Tech (Fort Riley Day). A maximum of eight tickets per game, per account, are allowed. Visiting teams will have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to www.kstatesports.com for information regarding returned ticket availability. All returned tickets will be sold at the full public rate and season ticket wait list accounts will have first opportunity to purchase. Fans can now join the 2015 waiting list online or by contacting the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com/tickets. Thanks for helping fill Bill Snyder Family Stadium!That's it for today. Thank you again for your support of K-State Athletics and our student-athletes as we put the finishing touches on another terrific year!Go Cats!John