K-State Athletics Announces 2021 Virtual Catbacker Tour


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Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Athletics, in conjunction with the KSU Alumni Association, invites all K-Staters to join us on Tuesday, July 13 for the 2021 Virtual Catbacker Tour presented by Kansas Strong.

This year’s Catbacker Tour will be broadcasted live from Manhattan at 12 p.m. (CT) on July 13. The virtual program will feature fun interviews with head coaches Jeff Mittie (women’s basketball), Bruce Weber (men’s basketball) and Chris Klieman (football) in addition to Alumni Association President and CEO Amy Button Renz, K-State President Richard Myers and many more.

Voice of the Wildcats Wyatt Thompson will host the event and sit down with several K-State student-athletes to preview their coming seasons. Featured athletes will be Brookelynn Entz (soccer), Aliyah Carter (volleyball), Mike McGuirl (men’s basketball), Ayoka Lee (women’s basketball) and Skylar Thompson (football).

K-Staters will also have the opportunity to submit questions to student-athletes during the broadcast and be eligible to win unique K-State Athletics prizes and gear. Prizes include K-State Nike gear, K-State men’s basketball gear, Harley Day ride, game tickets and an autograph Cats script football helmet signed by the coaching staff. To submit questions to our student-athletes or to be eligible to win prizes, fans must register here and tune in on July 13. Prize winners will be announced during the broadcast.

To watch the 2021 Virtual Catbacker Tour, visit either or the K-State Athletics Facebook page at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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