K-State Announces New Contract for Cliff Rovelto

Cliff Rovelto and Moritz Cleve

Aug. 12, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State Athletics Director John Currie announced Wednesday that track and field head coach Cliff Rovelto has agreed to a contract that will secure the services of the veteran coach through June 14, 2014. Rovelto will enter his 19th season as head coach of the K-State track and field program this fall and 23rd overall. Rovelto has a long history of producing some of the NCAA's most elite student-athletes.

"Coach Rovelto has devoted so much to this University and our student-athletes during his 20-plus year tenure at Kansas State," said Currie. "His reputation in developing athletes at both the college and international levels is unmatched, and we are excited that someone with such dignity and integrity will continue to lead our track and field program for many years."

The contract, which is retroactive to June 15, 2009, calls for an average annual compensation of $165,000, which includes a retention incentive of $100,000 should Rovelto remain at K-State through the life of the agreement. Rovelto could also earn up to an additional $20,000 in annual performance incentives that include bonuses for various team and individual achievements.

This past season, Rovelto saw three Wildcats earn All-America status at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and two during indoor season. Beverly Ramos closed her career at K-State with the trifecta earning All-America status in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track to highlight the season.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my 22 years at Kansas State University, the last 18 of which I have served as the head cross country and track and field coach. Here at Kansas State I have been fortunate to have worked for many fine administrators, worked alongside wonderful coaches and worked with hundreds of outstanding student-athletes," Rovelto said. "Our successes have been the result of the efforts of many fine people. I am very appreciative of their contributions."

At K-State, Rovelto has coached a total of 162 All-Americans, including 46 over the last six seasons. He was named the Big 12 Women's Coach of the Year following the Wildcats' back-to-back outdoor conference championships in 2001 and 2002. He also has seen Wildcats earn a total of eight individual NCAA titles during his tenure - most recently Scott Sellers' indoor and outdoor titles in the high jump in 2009.

In his 18 seasons as head coach, Rovelto has established the program as the one of the nation's elite for high jumpers. Five times a Wildcat has won a national championship in the high jump under Rovelto's coaching and his expertise in the event has led him to be selected as a member of Team USA's coaching staff six times.  In addition, K-State's combined events program also is nationally renowned and has claimed 10 Big 12 individual titles, while the throwing program has seen a total of 12 women's champions in the indoor weight throw and outdoor hammer throw.

Rovelto added how thankful he has been for the added support from the current administration at K-State and is excited to continue coaching the Wildcats with their added confidence to make K-State track and field a name recognized across the nation.

"I am very impressed with the professionalism displayed by John Currie and Jill Shields as well the interest and willingness to assist our student-athletes," Rovelto said. "I am appreciative of the confidence that they have shown in me by providing me my initial multi-year commitment. I look forward to continuing working with John, Jill, our staff and our student-athletes in representing Kansas State University via our six sports."

K-State track and field also has been one of the most decorated programs at the university in the classroom under Rovelto's heading. Over the last five years the Wildcats have had a total of 44 student-athletes honored by the USTFCCCA as members of the All-Academic Team, and 10 Wildcats have been selected as ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans during that time.