Legendary K-State Track Coach Cliff Rovelto Announces Retirement After 32-Year Career

By Jayson Henderson

Cliff Rovelto, the director of Cross Country and Track and Field at Kansas State University, has announced his retirement after a distinguished 32-year career. Joining K-State in 1988, Rovelto expressed gratitude for the enriching experience and highlighted student-athletes’ achievements during his tenure. Notably, under his leadership, K-State claimed five Big 12 Championships and achieved numerous NCAA successes. Recognized for his coaching prowess, Rovelto cultivated 17 NCAA Champions and guided athletes to Olympic glory. His contribution extends beyond the track, promoting academic excellence and earning accolades as an educator. Rovelto’s legacy at K-State is characterized by dedication and excellence. He has received recognition as the 2001 NCAA Women’s Outdoor National Coach of the Year and has been selected for various coaching positions within Team USA. As he embarks on retirement with his wife Karol, the K-State community bids farewell to a coaching legend.

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