Coach Woolrdidge to Stay in Manhattan

Jim Wooldridge to be retained as Kansas State men's basketball coach Athletics Director Tim Weiser and Head Coach Jim Wooldridge to be available via teleconference at 3 p.m.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Athletics Director Tim Weiser announced Tuesday that Jim Wooldridge will return as the head basketball coach at Kansas State University.

"After a thorough review of our men's basketball program it was clear that there are good things happening and enough progress being made that it is only prudent to give Jim and his staff more time to continue the building process," Weiser said. "I think we all recognize there is better young talent on the floor than there has been for a long time at Kansas State and we are moving in the right direction."

Kansas State finished the 2004-05 season with a 17-12 record, its first winning mark since the 1998-99 campaign. The Wildcats also won four of their last six games, with the lone losses coming vs. Big 12 Co-Champion Kansas, and will return four of their five starters for the 2005-06 season.

"I remain wholly committed to continuing the progress we have made and firmly believe that we are moving in a positive direction," said Wooldridge. "We were one of the youngest teams in the Big 12 this past season and I think we are very excited about the future prospects for our program."

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