K-State extends Dibbini through 2026 season

MANHATTAN, Kansas- After making its first appearance in the Big 12 championship in the short seven-year history of the Kansas State football program, K-State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor and head coach Mike Dibbini announced on Wednesday a four-year contract extension until the 2026 season.

“Coach Dibbini and his staff continue to gain momentum after their first appearance at the Big 12 Championships this fall,” said Taylor. “The development of our program continues in the right direction as evidenced by the type of student athletes they bring in and the massive crowds we regularly have at Buser Family Park. We’re excited as we know the best days are ahead when it comes to K-State Soccer.”

As the only head coach in the history of the K-State football program, Dibbini has guided the program through a fundamental building process. In just seven seasons at the helm of the Wildcat program, Dibbini has a MAC Hermann Trophy nominee, a Senior CLASS Award All-American, a College Sports Communicators Academic All-American, seven College Sports Communicators Academic All-District recipients and a United Football Coach All-Region selection, five All-Big 12 recipients and 69 Academic All-Big 12 honorees.

“I would like to thank Gene Taylor, President Linton, and Matt Thomason for their continued support and faith in leading this program,” Dibbini said. “My family and I love everything about the University and Manhattan community, and it is an absolute honor to have the opportunity to continue to lead K-State Soccer as head coach. I’m proud of what we accomplished in the early years in building this program to what it is today. The future here is very bright and I look forward to the continued growth and future successes that lie ahead for the program.”

While at the helm of the K-State program for the past seven seasons, Dibbini has led the program to the two best consecutive seasons in program history, with a combined record of 12-20-5 over the past two years. The Wildcats have also tripled the number of league wins over the past three seasons (six) compared to the first three seasons of Big 12 action (two).

During the 2022 season, he earned his first Big 12 football championship appearance by finishing eighth in the league standings with a 2-5-2 Big 12 record and the school record for overall wins in a season with a finishing record from 6-10-3.

As part of their six wins in 2022, Kansas State accumulated two wins against teams that would finish the season in the NCAA RPI top-100 — Yale (63) and Oklahoma (86). The Wildcats also set the school record for single-season road wins (3).

On the field, freshman defenseman Jazmin Brown became the second wildcat to earn Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors.

In the classroom, K-State counted a school-record six College Sports Communicators Academic All-District VII honorees Aliyah El-Naggar, Bailey Nemechek, Caylee Thornhill, Maddie WeichelMarisa Weichel and Alain Werremeyer deserves the award.

In his sixth season at Manhattan in 2021, Dibbini led a roster that set new school records for goals (20), goals per game (1.11), assists (20), total points (60), and total points per game (3.33). ) set up. The Wildcats equaled the school record for wins in a season (6) and accumulated five points in Big 12 action with an overtime win in Kansas and two home ties against ranked opponents, ninth place in West Virginia and 23rd place Baylor.

K-State finished the 2021 season with Brookelynn Entz CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team Honors and an All-Big 12 Second Team Citation. In the classroom, the Wildcats were decorated with 10 Academic All-Big 12 First Team recipients.

In a season split into fall 2020 and spring 2021 during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the Wildcats played their Big 12 list in the fall and posted a program-best 3-6-0 in league mark -Action and a program-high seventh place. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Big 12 Championship was not played, an event that K-State would have qualified for.

During the 2020 season, the K-State program achieved two program milestones. K-State saw its first international professional signee as a fullback Silke Bonn signed a contract with HB Koge in the Danish league.

Following Bonnen’s signing, Entz became the first wildcat drafted to the NWSL by being selected by the Kansas City Current in the fourth round of the 2021 NWSL draft. Entz, a 2020 All-Big 12 First Team selection, was the program’s first MAC Hermann Trophy nominee and was named to the 2020-21 United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Third Team.

In the classroom, K-State placed 15 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 teams in 2020, including 14 on the first team. The Wildcats also picked up their first Senior CLASS Award All-America selection (Entz) and United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women Scholar All-West Region recipients (Entz).

Dibbini was hired as Kansas State’s first intercollegiate women’s soccer coach in December 2014 and guided the program through a year-and-a-half process to develop a program from the ground up.

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