Kansas State has selected Mike Dibbini as the school’s first women’s soccer coach.
K-State announced the hire Friday.
Dibbini comes to K-State from Cal Poly Pomona, a Division II school where he coached for two seasons. Before that, he coached the men’s and women’s NAIA teams at Kansas Wesleyan for eight years.
A graduate of Kansas Wesleyan, he led the Coyotes’ women to a record of 126-30-14, winning Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors five times.
His successful coaching background combined with his recruiting ties to both Kansas and California impressed K-State athletic director John Currie.
“As we searched nationally for our first head women’s soccer coach, we wanted to attract a well-connected, energetic leader who is the right fit for K-State, and possesses the drive and vision to build a program into a national contender,” Currie said in a statement.
“... In Mike Dibbini, we have secured a leader with deep soccer roots, proven championship coaching ability, a passion of building and teaching the game, and who has first-hand knowledge of the advantages and special family environment of the state of Kansas.”
Dibbini is coming off a year in which he went 15-6-1 with Cal Poly Pomona and a No. 16 ranking, the second-highest in school history.
He hopes for similar success at K-State.
“The current and future resources are excellent,” Dibbini said. “The infrastructure is in place for our student-athletes to have great success and a world-class student-athlete experience. I am thrilled to join the family and look forward to getting started and building a solid foundation of tradition and success at K-State for women’s soccer.”
K-State will begin playing soccer matches in 2016, but Dibbini will start recruiting and building the program from scratch immediately.
In the fall, K-State announced that it was dropping equestrian and adding women’s soccer. Nine teams in the Big 12 currently play women’s soccer. K-State will make it a full 10.