Fritz to be Inducted into HCC Hall of Fame

Cliff Rovelto and Steve Fritz

Feb. 17, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State Assistant Track and Field Coach Steve Fritz will be recognized for some of his athletic achievements on Saturday when he is inducted into the Hutchinson Community College Quarterback Club Hall of Fame. Fritz will be honored during halftime of the Blue Dragons' basketball game against Barton Community College on Saturday set for a 7:30 p.m. tip and will become the 12th member of the hall of fame.

Before starring in track and field and basketball at Kansas State, Fritz was a standout athlete at HCC where he was one of the top junior college athletes in the country. Fritz hit the game-winning shot against Kankakee, converting on a conventional three-point play, to give the Blue Dragons their first NJCAA national championship in men's basketball in 1988. He went on to win the decathlon at the NJCAA national championship meet the same year to win two national titles in one year.

During his time at K-State, Fritz earned All-America honors twice in track and field and came off the bench for the Wildcats during the 1988-89 and 1990-91 basketball seasons. In track and field, he went on to set the Big Eight championship meet record in the decathlon. Fritz was a member of Team USA a total of 10 times after his collegiate career and finished fourth in the decathlon at the 1996 Olympics missing the bronze medal by just 20 points. After the Olympics he won the USA Championship in 1997 and finished fourth at the world championship.

Fritz is now in his 20th year on the coaching staff at K-State where has coached numerous All-Americans and conference champions in the throwing events.