Weber to Receive Graven Award Tuesday

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber has been chosen as the 2016 recipient of the Graven Award, which is presented annually by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, for his philanthropic endeavors.

The annual Graven Award, now in its 27th year, is presented to a person “whose life is nurtured and guided by a strong sense of Christian calling and who is making a significant contribution to community, church and society.” It is named for the late Judge Henry N. and Helen Graven, natives of Greene, Iowa, whose lives reflected those same commitments.

“(Head coach) Bruce Weber has exhibited a lifelong commitment to live out his calling as a person of faith through his vocations as coach, community servant and mentor to students, as well as his commitment to live a life of service through his church commitments,” said the Rev. Ramona Bouzard, the Herbert and Cora Moehlmann Chaplaincy Endowed Chair at Wartburg College. “He is a transparent leader who is guided by integrity, hard work and a drive to bring out the best in others.”

Weber will accept the award and deliver an address at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday (September 6) in Levick Arena in the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center. The event is open to the public. He will also be the keynote speaker at the college’s Opening Convocation earlier in the day. 

Wartburg College is a four-year Liberal Arts College of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of more than 1,600 students located in Waverly, Iowa.

Weber was nominated for the award by Joseph and Amy Chamley of Champaign, Illinois, for his faith and commitment to his church community as well as for his support of Lutheran Social Services and Coaches vs. Cancer charities. Ms. Chamley is a member of Wartburg’s Board of Regents.

“Throughout the years, Coach Weber and (his wife) Megan were active members of our church community, and it was obviously that their church life was important to their family,” said the Chamleys in their nomination letter. “Win or lose, regardless of distance, Coach Weber and his family would be in church the morning after a Saturday game.”

This is the second time Weber has been honored for his philanthropic endeavors after earning the 2007 Champions Award from Coaches vs. Cancer.

One of the winningest active Division I coaches with nearly 400 career wins and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances to his credit, Weber is in the midst of his fifth season at K-State in 2016-17 after being named the school’s 24th head men’s basketball coach on March 31, 2012. 

Weber has guided the Wildcats to 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances twice during his tenure, including a record-setting inaugural campaign in 2012-13 in which he helped the school to its first conference championship in 36 seasons en route to earning Big 12 Coach of the Year accolades. He is one of just three coaches to win the Big 12 title in his first season, while his 27 wins are third-most by a first-year head coach in Big 12 history.

Weber’s 79 wins are the third-most by a head coach in his first four seasons in school history, which includes 37 in the ultra-competitive Big 12. Weber and current Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger are the only head coaches in school history to guide the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in their first two seasons.

Weber, 59, has a compiled a 392-209 (.652) record in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which includes stints at Southern Illinois (1998-2003) and Illinois (2003-11). His .652 winning percentage ranks 28th among active Division I head coaches, while he is one of just 21 active coaches to take three different schools to the NCAA Tournament.

Weber has won numerous Coach of the Year accolades in his career, including consensus National Coach of the Year honors in 2005. He has also been named conference Coach of the Year three times.