Football Honored by Department of the Army

MANHATTAN, Kan. Head coach Ron Prince and the Kansas State football program have been honored by the Department of the Army with a Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service for their outstanding support to the soldiers and families of the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, Black Lions.


“Coach Prince’s leadership, dedication and tremendous contributions to the Black Lions directly allowed the unit to achieve combat readiness and accomplish its wartime mission throughout a deployment in support of Iraqi Freedom,” said LTC Patrick D. Frank. “Numerous acts of selfless service and commitment reflect great credit upon himself, Kansas State Football, the Fort Riley and Manhattan communities and the United States Army.”

Kansas State Football has built a strong relationship with the Black Lions under Prince and is also one of just two universities in the nation to be honored with a Black Lion Award.

The Black Lion Award, which has gone to defensive end Ian Campbell in each of the last two seasons, was established in 2001 to honor the memory of Major Don Holleder, former West Point All-American who died in combat in Vietnam in October, 1967, and the men of the 28th Infantry - The Black Lions - who died with him that day.

The Black Lion Award is intended to go to that football player on his team who in the opinion of his coach "best exemplifies the character of Don Holleder: leadership, courage, devotion to duty, self-sacrifice, and - above all - an unselfish concern for the team ahead of himself."