Ken Bothof, Athletic Director at Northern Kentucky University

Ken Bothof, Athletic Director at Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University, a significant community asset since 1976, recently completed the move to Division 1 membership and acceptance into the Horizon League.    The move more closely aligns NKU with other regional institutions that value athletics and academics. 

“This allows us to recruit not just athletes, but all students to an outstanding regional university like Northern,” said Ken Bothof, Athletic Director at Northern Kentucky University since 2013, during a recent presentation to the Florence Rotary Club.  “It was the institution’s decision to go D-1, not the athletic department.”

The Men’s soccer team is doing well, and the women’s soccer team tied for first place.  They won the Horizon League championship last year.  With FC Cincinnati creating excitement in the soccer community, the soccer teams at NKU are poised to really grow and develop a strong fan base in Northern Kentucky.

The Women’s volleyball team and Cross Country teams are also off to a good start.

Men’s and Women’s basketball had their first day of practice on October 2.  The Women’s team is a young team with a good recruiting class.

The Men’s team completed an NCAA run last year – the first time since 1972 that a brand new Division 1 team competed in the tournament.  “The value of the game against the University of Kentucky, when you count the times our team was featured on CBS, ESPN and all the bracket shows, was $25 million worth of TV coverage, “ marveled Bothof. 

The excitement of the NCAA tournament run continues with this season.  “Two years ago we had 400 season ticket holders.  Last year we had 675.  So far this season, we have 1100 season ticket holders,” said Bothof.  With this kind of growth, the best years for the athletic program are still ahead, he said.

“A servant leadership style leads to a successful organization in today’s college sports environment,” concluded Bothof.  “The NCAA is very clear about the responsibilities of the head coach.  Maybe every program should take a step back and evaluate their program, so we can make a better landscape for all of college sports.”


Mayor Whalen Gives Annual Report to Rotarians

September 26, 2017

FLORENCE – Senior housing is popping up everywhere, Mall Road is rebounding and a community plaza is almost ready to go. That’s the good news from Florence Mayor Diane Whalen. The bad news is the heroin epidemic rages on, unabated. The mayor presented her annual update on the city’s well-being at the Florence Rotary Club […]

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Bunning Center Addresses Grief and Anger

September 4, 2017

FLORENCE – Place matters. That’s the assessment of Dr. James Ellis, a professional counselor, chaplain and the bereavement care coordinator at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. That’s why he began lobbying for a separate place at St. Elizabeth’s facilities in Edgewood for grief support as far back as 2009, Ellis said at a luncheon meeting of the […]

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Rotarians Honor Mark and Debbie Staggs as 2017 Citizens of the Year

August 25, 2017

FLORENCE – No one was surprised when Mark Staggs turned attention at the Florence Rotary Citizen of the Year ceremony to Special Olympics volunteers. The Rotarians honored Mark and Debbie Staggs as 2017 Citizens of the Year for their 27 years of leadership of the Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky at a luncheon on Monday, […]

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Family Promise of Northern Kentucky Celebrated First Anniversary

August 2, 2017

FLORENCE – Family Promise of Northern Kentucky celebrated the first anniversary of its reopening with a perfect record for keeping its promises. The homeless sheltering program served 12 families in its first year, which ended July 18. All 12 “graduated,” according to Executive Director Amanda Speier. “We had a 100 percent success rate,” she told […]

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Weinberg Introduces Ronald McDonald House to Rotarians

July 10, 2017

FLORENCE – Mike Weinberg says the Ronald McDonald House is much more than an affordable place to stay for family members with critically injured youngsters at Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “We’re not just a shelter,” Weinberg said. “We provide all the things people are missing from home. “It’s important to us that the families feel […]

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Rotarian’s Welcome Irish Heritage Center

June 28, 2017

FLORENCE – Maureen Kennedy and Kent Covey are “awakening the Irish” in Greater Cincinnati. They founded the Irish Heritage Center (IHC) of Greater Cincinnati eight years ago. They are transforming a late 19th century school building on the east side of the Queen City into a museum, theater, library, tea room, pub and music and […]

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Superintendent Poe Talks Boone County Schools

June 23, 2017

FLORENCE – Service learning sounded like a superb world class education strategy to Superintendent Randy Poe until sixth-graders at Camp Ernest Middle School proposed a beehive pollination project. When Poe endorsed the project, they told him “we have to build them and place them on the roof,” he recalled. “I’m sitting there thinking … OK, […]

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Lincoln Grant Scholar House

May 31, 2017

FLORENCE – The results are in for the first semester for Lincoln Grant Scholar House students, and the grades are good … very good. Lincoln Grant Scholar House, which opened in Covington earlier this year, provides affordable housing and family services for 45 single parents enrolled in post-secondary education. “The exciting thing is the high […]

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Travel Tools for the Tech Savvy Commuter

May 24, 2017

FLORENCE – Didn’t expect the highway construction delay on southbound Interstate 75 over the weekend? Should have checked the Weekly Road Report for District 6 on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website at Didn’t anticipate that accident that backed up Mt. Zion Road (KY 536)? Could have accessed the WAZE app you can download from […]

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Host Families Needed – Youth Exchange

May 23, 2017

Update from James Glass via Jack McAllister District 6740 has 4 Youth Exchange Students scheduled for our district this this coming 2017 – 2018 school year. We are urgently looking for host families. If you or someone you know may be interested in hosting a student (remember, they do not have to be Rotarians), then […]

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May 10, 2017

Sign up here for the Florence Rotary Clayshoot!               Contact Adam Howard with any questions.

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