Rovelto Hires Wade

Bettie Wade

Aug. 24, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State track and field coach Cliff Rovelto has announced the addition of Bettie Wade to his coaching staff as a full-time assistant coach. Wade served as a volunteer coach last season and was promoted following the departure of Tom Pappas to focus on training. Pappas will remain on staff as a volunteer as well.

Wade came to K-State after graduating from Michigan in 2009 where she had a successful collegiate career. She placed third in the heptathlon as a senior at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Wade recently won the bi-annual Thorpe Cup pitting a team of Americans against Germany as she helped guide Team USA to the team victory.

Rovelto said Wade’s experience as a top-notch collegiate athlete and her successes internationally will provide the Wildcats with another example of what can be accomplished through hard work and determination while she also continues to train for the 2012 Olympic Trials under Rovelto’s tutelage.

“We are very excited to have Bettie Wade join our track and field staff. Bettie brings significant experience as an elite collegiate and post-collegiate athlete,” Rovelto said. “She has competed at the very highest of levels collegiately as well as internationally. Her experiences in the jumping events and the heptathlon will serve her in assisting me with those event areas. Our student-athletes are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from her experiences and view on a daily basis an outstanding work ethic.”

Wade said K-State is a comfortable fit for her after spending a year here as a volunteer and training with Rovelto. She said the university and program remind her of her alma mater as well.

“I’m extremely excited to be on this staff,” Wade said. “Coming from Michigan I’m used to a strong academic and athletic tradition and K-State is the same. They’re extremely concentrated on helping the athletes have success in the classroom and on the track.

She went on to say Rovelto is one of the most respected coaches in the nation and having the opportunity to work with him is something she is looking forward to.

“Cliff is so knowledgeable and I couldn’t think of anyone else to work under,” Wade said. “I enjoyed working with him last year in training, and I can’t wait to work side by side with him this year.”