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Kansas State hires former Kansas Wesleyan coach to lead women’s soccer program

Mike Dibbini
Mike Dibbini Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona

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 teams at Kansas Wesleyan, of the NAIA, for eight years.

A graduate of Kansas Wesleyan, he led the 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," Currie said in a statement, "and possesses the drive and vision to build a program into a national contender.

"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 attained 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 begin 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.

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

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