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Theme 7: Athletics


Strengthen the interconnectivity between intercollegiate athletics and the campus community to prepare our student-athletes for success in school, in sport, and after graduation and benefit our university, community, and state.

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Activities and Accomplishments in 2011-2016

  • Five sports — football, men’s golf, volleyball, men’s cross country and women’s cross country — led the Big 12 in Academic Progress Rating, or APR, scores while all programs remain well above the NCAA standard.

  • Our student-athletes continue to lead on and off the field in All American, All Big 12, and Academic All-Big 12 selections.

  • The university is home to outstanding athletic facilities, enhanced by the completion of renovations and new construction during the past five years. Projects included the West Stadium Center, Intercollegiate Rowing Center, Ice Family Basketball Center, Vanier Family Football Complex, Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, and a new soccer facility.

  • The Ahearn Fund, K-State’s national fund for student athlete excellence, reached record membership.

  • Total giving to Athletics during the past five years reached $171 million.

  • The elimination of direct university funding support as a source of revenue for Athletics and indirect funding for utilities at athletic facilities enabled the university to redirect nearly $3 million to critical campus needs.

  • K-State HD.TV, an online high-definition network, was launched to provide worldwide access to athletic and academic content.

  • Academic-athletic partnerships were strengthened to benefit students through programs such as the Powercat Mentor program, the Powercat Positioning Athletes for Lifelong Success, or P.A.L.S., program, and the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program. The Legacy Fellows program honors Coach Bill Snyder's leadership legacy by engaging students in a meaningful leadership development experience.

  • Coach Bill Snyder was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, recognizing his significant contributions to the sport and to our university.

  • The Pride of Wildcat Land, the Kansas State University Marching Band, received the prestigious 2015 Sudler Trophy, given every two years to recognize the top marching band in the U.S.

Leading the Way

The 2016 season marked the debut of K-State women's soccer, officially welcoming one of the fastest-growing sports to the university’s passionate fan base. Coached by Mike Dibbini, the team's more than 35 student-athletes prepared for their first game on Aug. 19 in St. Louis, and thrilled fans on Sept. 16 at the first home game in the K-State Soccer Complex against Northern Iowa.

All Big 12 universities now sponsor a women’s soccer team. However, K-State competed with 11 different conferences in its inaugural season, traveling nearly 7,300 miles for its 12 road matches.

As with all recent K-State athletic projects, the $2.1 million K-State Soccer Complex was built using no tax dollars or university tuition funds, but rather through the generosity of K-State donors and supporters. The new facility adds to the athletic department’s $192 million in total recent facility enhancements.

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