Kansas State athletics director Gene Taylor agrees to contract extension

Arne Green
Salina Journal

Kansas State athletics director Gene Taylor, who has guided his department through the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, has agreed to a contract extension through the 2026-27 academic year, the school announced Tuesday.

The extension runs through June 30, 2027 with an annual salary of $925,000 starting with the 2021-22 academic year. It also includes performance and retention incentives.

"Gene has been a steady guiding force during a challenging time for Kansas State Athletics," K-State president Richard Myers said in a statement. "The trajectory of our programs is moving in the right direction and he has demonstrated the ability to manage the budget with integrity under extraordinary circumstances. We see a bright future for K-State under his leadership."

Taylor has been K-State's AD since 2017.

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"Our family is extremely fortunate to call K-State and Manhattan home," Taylor said in a statement. "I appreciate President Myers, the KSA Board and the Kansas Board of Regents for their trust in me continuing to lead such a phenomenal athletics program.

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"We have the best fans and donors in the country and a group of coaches, staff and student-athletes who are committed to competing at the highest level, and I am looking forward to the years ahead as we continue to elevate our program."

In June 2020, Taylor was named the eighth-best athletics director among FBS programs by Stadium. During his tenure, K-State has qualified for three football bowl games and won a Big 12 men's basketball championship while advancing once to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.

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Taylor's department also has raised funds and implemented a facility master plan that included newly completed baseball and soccer stadium projects, along with a $105 million initiative targeting the south end zone at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, a new volleyball arena, an Olympic training center and football indoor practice facility.

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Taylor has filled several coaching vacancies as well, hiring Chris Klieman as head football coach following the retirement of Bill Snyder. Other coaching hires include Pete Hughes in baseball and Jordan Smith for tennis.