K-State extends contract of soccer coach Mike Dibbini

In this file photograph, Kansas State athletic director John Currie answers reporters’ questions, Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in Manhattan. Currie has been named the new vice chancellor and director of athletics at Tennessee. (John Hanna/The Associated Press)

MANHATTAN — After one year of competition, Kansas State has given women’s soccer coach Mike Dibbini a two-year contract extension, interim athletics director Laird Veatch announced Thursday.

Dibbini was hired in December, 2014 to start the program and in the first season of competition in the fall of 2016 K-State posted a 4-9-3 record while ranking No. 4 nationally in attendance with an average of 2,265 per match.

The contract extension, which runs through the 2020-21 season, was initiated by former athletics director John Currie, who left K-State last month for Tennessee. Veatch has been acting AD until Gene Taylor, who was hired last week, begins his duties May 1.

“Coach Dibbini and his staff have done a remarkable job in two short years of building a strong foundation for K-State soccer,” Veatch stated in a university news release. “This extension was initiated by John Currie and reflects how pleased we are with the program’s progress in its first competitive season.”

When hired from Cal Poly Pomona, Dibbini signed a five-year contract with a base salary of $92,500 with annual increases of $2,500. Details of the two-year extension were not announced.

“First, I would like to thank president Richard Myers and our athletics administration for their support of me, my staff and our young soccer program,” Dibbini said in the news release. “Under their great leadership and vision for the program, they have afforded me the opportunity to be fully engaged. Having the support and commitment from our athletic department and university allows my staff and me to continue to strive and build on a solid first-year foundation.”

The Wildcats have an 18-game schedule in the 2017 season, including a full Big 12 slate in their first year of conference competition.

HILL SEEKS RECORD K-State baseball coach Brad Hill tied the school record for career victories Tuesday and goes for the record when the Wildcats play a three-game home series against West Virginia this weekend.

The Wildcats swept a doubleheader from New Mexico on Tuesday, giving Hill a 435-352-3 record in his 14th season. That pulled him even with Mike Clark, who had a 17-year mark of 435-489 from 1987-03.

The Wildcats (19-18, 2-10 Big 12) open the series against West Virginia (22-13, 8-4) at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Tointon Family Stadium. Saturday’s game starts at 4 p.m., after the K-State football Purple/White Spring Game, and the series concludes at 12 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Ken Corbitt at (785) 295-1123 or @KenCorbitt on Twitter.

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