K-State names Gene Taylor new director of athletics

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K-State has selected Gene Taylor, deputy director of athletics at Iowa, to take over as their new director of athletics.

Taylor has been in his position at Iowa since 2014. Before heading to Iowa City, Taylor served as director of athletics at North Dakota State for 13 years. In his time there Taylor transitioned North Dakota State from Division II to Division I.

The position opened up at Kansas State a little over a month ago when former athletic director John Currie announced he was leaving to take the same position at Tennessee.

K-State made the news official today on their Twitter account.

Taylor expressed his excitement for the job in a K-State Sports press release.

“My family and I are truly honored and thrilled to join the K-State family,” Taylor said. “I would like to commend Amy Button Renz and the committee for conducting what I believe was the most professional and detailed search I have ever been a part of, while also being extremely appreciative to President Myers for his leadership and confidence in my ability to lead this athletics department at such an outstanding institution. I also would like to thank Laird Veatch for his time as Interim Athletics Director, and I know people think highly of him and his service to K-State.

“We are excited to get to Manhattan, and I look forward to meeting our student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters and helping them build upon the across-the-board success that K-State has attained.”

Taylor is expected to be formally introduced Monday.

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