Lon Floyd to Receive K-State Alumni Association’s 2015 Wildcat Pride Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Lon Floyd, K-State Athletics’ retired assistant athletic director, has been selected to receive the 2015 Wildcat Pride Award, which recognizes Kansas State University faculty or staff who have been instrumental in advancing the mission of the K-State Alumni Association through the support of its programs.

Floyd will receive the award during the Alumni Association’s fall board of directors meeting
Oct. 15. The award honors a current or emeritus K-State faculty or staff member for his or her advocacy of alumni relations, with a special emphasis on support and participation in alumni programs that engage members of the Wildcat family.

“Beyond his official role, Lon has been an important advocate for the K-State Alumni Association,” said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the Alumni Association. “He has validated our mission, presence and events in support of the athletics department. This has been instrumental in building the strong relationship and ties the Association shares with K-State Athletics today. The Alumni Association staff is honored to recognize Lon Floyd’s lifetime commitment with the 2015 Wildcat Pride Award.”

Floyd earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and his master’s degree in 1971 from K-State. He began his career with K-State Athletics as an assistant track coach from 1969 to 1972. Floyd returned to K-State in 1996 as assistant athletic director of the Ahearn Fund until his retirement in 2015.

During his time with the Ahearn Fund, Floyd started the nationally renowned Harley Day; created and organized Cat Town; grew the Powercat Auction into K-State’s single largest annual fundraising event; and managed the tradition-rich Steer-A-Year program. For the past 19 years, Floyd has been recognized throughout Kansas for his work organizing the annual summer Catbacker tour, which brings K-State leaders and students to clubs around the state and provides K-State alumni, fans and future students an opportunity to interact with fellow alumni, coaches and student-athletes.

Floyd has built and maintained lasting relationships with K-Staters, raising support for the Ahearn Fund and projects including the Basketball Training Facility, the West Stadium Center and the Vanier Family Football Complex. Serving as an ambassador for K-State Athletics, Floyd has made appearances at numerous Alumni Association events, including alumni/student dinners, pregame tailgates and bowl activities. Many events Floyd attends support alumni clubs in raising scholarship money for local high school students who will attend K-State. His energy and passion for his alma mater, along with his charisma, have made Floyd a valued member of the K-State family.