K-State’s Currie named National Athletic Director of the Year

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COURTESY: Kansas State Sports Information

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following a year that saw K-State reach unprecedented athletic, academic, administrative and fundraising success, John Currie was presented the 2013 Bobby Dodd AD of the Year Award at the annual Division 1A Athletics Director meetings in Dallas.

The honor, which coincides with head coach Bill Snyder being named the 2012 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, comes on the heels of Currie being named a 2013 FBS UnderArmour AD of the Year this past summer.

“We are very pleased to be able to recognize John Currie as the winner of the 2013 award,” stated Jim Terry, Chairman of the Dodd Foundation.  “John’s vision and drive have made it possible for all sports at Kansas State to reach new heights of success and excellence.  Having met and worked with John when Coach Bill Snyder was selected as the 2012 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year gave us the opportunity to see the excellent facilities and processes which John has put in place at this impressive university.  We feel strongly that when a head football coach is recognized as a national coach of the year, that school’s director of athletics is responsible for putting into place the many processes necessary for that coach to have succeeded.  John Currie has definitely done this at Kansas State University.”

Since Currie’s introduction as director of athletics on May 18, 2009, K-State’s intercollegiate program has experienced a tremendous turnaround and enjoyed accomplishments and national attention that are unmatched in program history, including a record-setting 2012-13 academic year.

This past year K-State achieved a milestone that only four other BCS schools have obtained since 1998 when the Wildcat football, men’s basketball and baseball teams won conference championships in the same season. K-State also became the first Big 12 school to have league coach of the year honorees in football, men’s basketball and baseball in the same year as Snyder, Bruce Weber and Brad Hill took top coaching honors.

A BCS bowl berth in football and second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in volleyball highlighted the fall season. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the postseason with Weber leading the men’s team to the most wins ever by a first-year head coach in school history and the program’s first league title in 36 years.

Five track and field athletes were crowned Big 12 champions in the spring and Hill’s baseball squad – picked seventh out of nine teams in the Big 12 preseason poll – won the program’s first conference championship in 80 years. The Wildcats made even more history by hosting their first NCAA baseball regional and winning on their home field to advance to their first Super Regional.

K-State has had another outstanding academic year in 2012-13 with  73 current or former student-athletes earning degrees, while a total of 236 earned Big 12 Commissioner’s honor roll accolades this spring, the most since 2008.

In addition, a total of 95 Wildcat student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition in all sports during the 2012-13 athletic season, while senior women’s basketball player Brittany Chambers, junior outfielder Jared King and Petra Niedermayerova from women’s tennis all earned the inaugural Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award in their respective sports.

With the friendly slogan of “Welcome to K-State” symbolizing the goal of providing The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12, K-State’s marketing and fundraising efforts have been completely overhauled in Currie’s tenure.  Responding to a new emphasis on personal interaction and communication, K-State supporters have pushed attendance to new heights, while  the Ahearn Fund’s fiscal year 2012’s record of $35.8 million means that annual cash giving totals have nearly tripled since Currie’s arrival.

Thanks to the grass-roots support of the 9,500-plus members of the Ahearn Fund, more than $125 million of facility enhancements are either completed or currently underway, including the new West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Other notable facility enhancements completed under Currie are the new $18 million award-winning Basketball Training Facility, Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, Intercollegiate Rowing Center as well as incremental upgrades that have benefitted each of K-State’s 16 athletics programs.

Currently a member of the NCAA Division I Administrative Cabinet and the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors, Currie also serves on various Big 12 committees.

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