Karol Rovelto is entering her 13th year on staff with K-State Track and Field and her 12th season as the director of operations. In 2014-2015, Karol's duties will be expanded as she will also serve as an assistant coach assisting with the high jumpers and combined event athletes.
"Our program would not be what it is without Karol's efforts. Karol has enabled me to take most of the administrative duties off the plate of our assistant coaches enabling them to focus almost entirely on coaching and recruiting," head coach Cliff Rovelto said.
Rovelto (formerly Damon) came to Kansas State after a three-year stint as an assistant track & field and cross country coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
In December of 1999, Rovelto left the Mocs program to concentrate full-time on preparations for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She won the U.S. Olympic Trials with a leap of 6-04.00 before posting the top American finish in Sydney. Rovelto's personal best is 6-05.50.
As a collegian, Rovelto competed for the University of Colorado. While at CU, she was a four time All-American as well as a Big Eight Conference Champion.
Following her collegiate career, Rovelto was consistently ranked among the top-10 U.S. jumpers by Track & Field News, posting a number of top-five finishes at both the USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Rovelto received her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Colorado in 1992 and a master's in education in 1998 from Tennessee-Chattanooga. She is married to head coach Cliff Rovelto and the couple live in Manhattan.