Headlines and Recaps 2023
March 8, 2023  K-State Releases Spring 2023 Schedule
K-State Volleyball has 11 returning players. Coach Jason Mansfield has announced K-State's spring exhibition schedule. It looks something like this:

Date Day Opponent Location First Serve
March 25 Sat. Wichita State Wichita 2 P.M.
April 22 Sat. Minnesota Indianola, Ia. 1 P.M.
April 29 Sat. Omaha Omaha noon
March 6, 2023  Suzie Fritz: Associate Head Coach at Arkansas
I'm pleased to announce that Coach Fritz has been offered a new opportunity, while sad that she will no longer be with us. She has much to offer the Razorbacks. Arkansas head coach Jason Watson knows Suzie well. He was her assistant and associate head coach in 2000 and 2001, before moving on to BYU. I wish Suzie well in her new position, and certainly thank her for her excellent service to K-State Volleyball for so many years! (announcement link)
February 27, 2023  Aliyah Carter on Black History Month / Overcoming Challenges
Aliyah has a nice, positive Twitter video on how her teammates have been supportive of her. Aliyah's dad has also been very helpful.
February 22, 2023  K-State Sends Three to U.S. Women's National Team Open
Mackenzie Morris, Aliyah Carter and Shaylee Myers are heading to Colorado Springs this weekend, for the U.S. Women's National Team Open at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center. K-State Volleyball's release has lots of details, and links to follow.
February 13, 2023  Morgan Family Arena Preview
I'm not sure how this was produced. It's mostly architects' renderings of the interior of the facility. It does give a sense of what it will look like, as well as some of the amenities. (video link) The Feb. 1 video below shows our current players walking around in the actual building. They seemed to be very excited about it!
February 1, 2023  The Volleycats Get a Tour of the Morgan Family Arena
The arena's exterior seems to be very nearly complete. The interior has a way to go. A few players, dressed up in construction jackets and helmets, got a tour today. I've been told that there are lots of amenities in this facility. We appreciate the generosity of Ward and Brenda Morgan! (Twitter video)
January 26, 2023  Jason Mansfield Looks to Be the Next Stellar K-State Hire
Learn about Coach Mansfield's experiences and goals in this profile in the Collegian. Jason has a variety of experiences working with eventual national champions, Olympians and All-Americans. He wants to inspire his players, and have them believe in themselves. Players he's worked with had great attention to details, and were intentional in their approaches. He wants players to learn and grow. To conclude, Jason has been involved in seven Final Four teams. We look forward to exciting things to come!
January 13, 2023  Jason Mansfield Adds Steve Astor and Fiona Fonoti to Staff
It was announced today that our coaching staff has expanded.

Steve Astor will be Associate Head Coach. He's been at Pepperdine the last three seasons, as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has 20 years of coaching experience, including clubs, high school and college.

Fiona Fonoti is from Hawaii. She will be Assistant Coach. She played for Nebraska, then she coached at WVU and ISU. At NU, she played in three Final Fours, and in the 1995 national championship match. She was an AVCA All-American, and three-time First Team All-Big 12. Fiona got quite a shout-out from Christy Johnson-Lynch (ISU head coach) this week. It's in the announcement linked here.

January 4, 2023  Jason Mansfield Introduced as Volleyball Head Coach
And now... Jason Mansfield is officially K-State's coach. Via this link, you'll find thorough coverage (from K-State Athletics) of the introduction event, which took place in Football's Team Theater, in the Vanier Complex. From the link provided, you'll be able to watch and listen to the event. A transcript of remarks - plus a Q&A - is provided.

This just in on Jan. 5: Coach Mansfield asks fans to pack the Ward and Brenda Morgan Arena. (YouTube video)

Don't miss D. Scott Fritchen's excellent K-State Sports Extra, Mansfield Ready to Lead K-State into New Era. You'll learn all kinds of details about Jason's background, his teams' accomplishments and his goals.

Speaking of miss, I somehow missed this next one for three days. It's the great Brian Smoller, interviewing Coach Mansfield on his introduction day. (video link)

January 4, 2023  Fresh Start: K-State Introduces New Coach Jason Mansfield
Here's the link to the announcement in the Manhattan Mercury. It will probably require an online subscription. Coach Mansfield was introduced in the Team Theater in the Vanier Sports Complex this afternoon. There were comments from Gene Taylor and Coach Mansfield, and questions were taken from media representatives.

We learned that Jason interviewed online, and this introduction event marked his first trip to MHK. I was impressed and appreciative that after the formal event, and most people had left, Jason approached me and my friend Denver to meet us and visit. He has about two decades of coaching experience. Included in that experience is coaching club teams, which I believe he said can involve about 60 to 90 matches per year!

K-State players were not present for the event. I can understand that being there with the media could result in some questions that might be awkward to answer at this time. My understanding is that there has been some interaction with them online, but they have not yet met in person. Since it's still winter vacation, they may not currently be in MHK!

January 3, 2023  K-State to Formally Introduce Jason Mansfield on Wednesday
Here's the announcement of the plan for the formal introduction of Jason Mansfield, which will be in the Vanier Complex.
December 27, 2022  Jason Mansfield Is the New Coach of the Volleycats
Jason is an assistant at Washington, and is headed to MHK. He's been part of seven NCAA Final Fours, and a national championship. Here's the announcement from K-State Athletics. I'm adding a number of announcement articles to the media page on this site.