MANHATTAN, Kan. – Mike Clark, the winningest baseball coach in Kansas State history, has rejoined the Wildcat athletics team as Director of Development, Athletics Director Tim Weiser announced today.
After fours years away from K-State, Clark, 54, returns to fill the vacancy in the department's fund-raising group created by the retirement of Ernie Barrett in June. Clark will officially begin his duties on August 22.
“Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and history of K-State to this position and is the perfect fit as our new Director of Development,” Weiser said. “Mike possesses all the skills to be a highly successful member of our Development team. He understands the inner workings of the athletics department and is very well connected throughout Wildcat Nation. I couldn’t be more pleased than to welcome Mike back to the Wildcat program.”
Clark spent 18 years leading the Wildcats' baseball program before retiring from coaching in 2003. He has served the past 2.5 years as Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and Business Development for Kansas State Bank in Manhattan. Prior to joining the bank, he was Director of Development for Manhattan Catholic Schools for 1.5 years.
“It’s great to come back home,” Clark said. “It’s an honor to return to K-State and work again with our great donors and fans, coaches and students-athletes.”
Clark amassed 435 victories for K-State after taking the coaching reins in 1987 and laid the foundation for the current program’s position as a rising power in today's competitive Big 12 Conference. He coached five All-Americans, including K-State Hall of Famer Craig Wilson, five Academic All-Americans and had 60 players earn all-conference honors. In addition, 55 of Clark’s former players were either taken in the Major League Baseball draft or signed professional contracts.
Among his greatest achievements as a coach was helping with the efforts resulting in the funding and construction of Tointon Stadium, the Wildcats' beautiful 2,100-seat stadium that was dedicated in 2002.
In his new role, Clark will be a major-gift fund-raiser for facility projects and the Barrett Endowment Society, according to Kurt McGuffin, associate athletics director for development.
“Mike already has established relationships with many of our donors and that is a positive and important element as we continue to build the Barrett Endowment Society and prepare to launch into a major facilities improvement campaign,” McGuffin said.
McGuffin, who has overseen athletics fund-raising operations since April 2005, outlined the organizational structure of the Development office. He heads a group of seven employees responsible for the department’s annual giving and major fund-raising projects. K-State currently boasts a record number of donors at nearly 8,000 and last year raised $5.6 million in contributions to the Ahearn Scholarship Fund while building its endowment fund to approximately $20 million.
The staff includes Chad Weiberg, assistant athletics director for development in charge of major gifts; Lon Floyd, assistant athletics director for development events including Catbacker Clubs; Mike Clark, director of development; Chad Kimmel, assistant director of development for annual giving, and Bernie Haney, assistant director of development.
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