Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 18

More on Coach RobbinsWe are excited to welcome Grant, his wife Brooke and children Bryce and Brayden to the Wildcat family. In fact, this will be a homecoming for Brooke as she is a Wichita native and a K-State graduate!A proven program builder at UNC Wilmington and Memphis, where he has spent the last 11 seasons and is a member of the Tiger Hall of Fame, Coach Robbins has led Memphis to five NCAA Regional appearances, including four consecutive berths. The C-USA Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2012, Robbins has presided over 55 top-five team finishes in his 11 seasons at Memphis, including 11 tournament titles. Memphis captured the Conference USA (C-USA) Championship in 2012 on its way to the NCAA Championship. His Tiger squad competed in this past weekend's Raleigh Regional, and following our announcement today, he and his family will be heading to Manhattan later this week for a welcome reception and formal introduction.Coach Robbins is a first-class teacher and coach and his reputation and ability to recruit and develop student-athletes set him apart throughout our national search. I believe Coach Robbins is the right person to lead our program to new heights, building on the foundation established by retiring Coach Tim Norris and the founders and supporters of Colbert Hills. I appreciate the efforts of Senior Associate ADs Casey Scott and Jill Shields as well as Assistant AD/Chief of Staff Clint Dowdle as they helped lead a successful national search for our next head coach. Please help me welcome the Robbins Family to K-State, and click here for our full announcement.Five Programs Record Big 12-Best APR ScoresWe have had several announcements over the course of the last week that solidify our position as a Big 12 leader in academic and athletic achievements. I am proud to report that all of our athletic programs met and exceeded the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate multi-year standard for the fourth straight year as the NCAA released its latest Division I APR data from the 2012-13 academic year. And even more impressive is that five programs - football, men's golf, women's golf, men's cross country and women's cross country - recorded figures that ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 in their respective sports! Also of note, the men's basketball and volleyball teams scored perfect current year marks (1.000) for 2012-13, while men's outdoor track (.991) and football (.986) had outstanding current year marks. Congrats to all of our coaches, student-athletes and support staff members on this terrific achievement - click here for our full release.More Academic AccoladesOur baseball and track and field squads were honored this week with a total of 22 Academic All-Big 12 accolades on the year (11 from each squad). In all this season, a total of 101 student-athletes earned all-league recognition in the classroom. Individually, Petra Niedermayerova and Daniel Wood were honored with Academic All-District honors as both also qualified for NCAA postseason play in their respective sports. Daniel finished 38th this weekend at the NCAA Golf Regionals after shooting a final round 69, while Petra will resume NCAA Tennis singles play next week.Baseball Wraps Up Season at HomeCoach Hill and the baseball team will wrap up the season today against the 19th-ranked Texas Longhorns. Following last night's thrilling win, come out to the ballpark today and cheer on our four seniors in their final game, including All-American Ross Kivett and Manhattan's own Blair DeBord, as the Cats look to win the series. This group of seniors has helped produce plenty of special memories, including the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Super Regional run from a year ago. First pitch today is 3:30 p.m. and FOX Sports 1 will be on hand to televise the season finale to a national audience. We will see you there!Track and Rowing Have Big WeekendsCoach Sweeney and the rowing team capped the spring season with arguably the team's best performance of the year at the Conference USA Championships. The squad was again in the hunt for the team title heading into the final race and placed third overall - ahead of programs such as Alabama, KU, Texas and West Virginia. Congrats to the entire rowing team which included a gold medal from the 1V4! Our track and field and squads are both wrapping up competition in Lubbock at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. So far the Cats have picked up three more conference titles as Devin Dick (decathlon), Erica Twiss (long jump) and Sara Savatovic (hammer throw) were crowned Big 12 Champions. Check k-statesports.com later today for full results from Lubbock.Men's Hoops to Host Texas A&M in Kansas CityIn my last letter we mentioned new basketball series with SEC opponents Tennessee and Georgia, and late last week we announced that Coach Weber and our men's squad will host former Big 12 foe Texas A&M on December 20, 2014, in Kansas City's Sprint Center. It is an important goal of ours to bring K-State Basketball to our fans and in recent years when we have played in KC's world-class facility, the K-State Nation has showed up in force and packed the Sprint Center with purple. Let's do it again this winter! Season tickets for the 2014-15 basketball season will go on sale in late June - stay tuned for more details.That's it for today. Again, congratulations to all of our graduates, and once again let's welcome the Robbins family as the newest member of our Wildcat family!Go Cats!John