MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State’s John Currie was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics on Monday as an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year.
By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
The honor, which also was given to three other Division I athletic directors, comes following a successful year in which the Wildcats won or shared Big 12 championships in football, baseball and men’s basketball. Off the field, K-State has also undergone recent facility upgrades, including a new $18 million basketball training facility and a $75 million expansion to the west side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
“John’s outstanding leadership the past four years has resulted in the recognition of K-State having a model intercollegiate athletics program,” said K-State president Kirk Schulz in a statement released by the school. “The combination of tremendous athletic, academic and administrative achievements, as well as national acclaim for our university, is extraordinary. This is a special honor, and I am so proud of John and his team for bringing pride to all members of the Wildcat family.”
The NACDA will present the award to Currie on Saturday at its annual convention in Orlando, Fla. The other three winners are Kevin White of Duke, Jeff Long of Arkansas and Jeff Compher of Northern Illinois.
“Thanks to our terrific fans, the best collective group of head coaches in the country, over 450 dedicated student-athletes and a determined and hard-working staff, we have made tremendous progress towards our vision of a model intercollegiate athletics program,” Currie said in a statement. “It is humbling to receive an award such as this, and I am pleased to accept this honor on behalf of our team, fans and university community.”