Bill Snyder

College Football Coach
Born Oct 7, 1939

Bill Snyder is the head football coach at Kansas State University. He served as head coach at the school from 1989 to 2005, and then was rehired to the position on November 24, 2008, making him one of the rare college football head coaches to have non-consecutive tenure at the same school. Snyder has won several conference and national coach of the year awards.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Snyder.


1939 Birth Bill Snyder was born October 7, 1939 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the son of Tom, a traveling salesman, and Marionetta Snyder. … Read More


1963 23 Years Old He earned a B.A. degree from William Jewell in 1963.
1965 25 Years Old He earned his M.A. degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1965.
1966 26 Years Old Snyder had his first collegiate coaching experience in 1966, serving as a graduate assistant coach for the USC Trojans. … Read More


1974 34 Years Old He then served as an assistant football coach, and also coached swimming, at Austin College in Sherman, Texas from 1974-1975.
1976 36 Years Old From 1976 to 1978, Snyder worked as an assistant coach at North Texas State, under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry.
1979 39 Years Old Snyder and Fry moved together to the University of Iowa in 1979, with Snyder serving as Fry's offensive coordinator for the next 10 years. … Read More


1988 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Snyder was hired as the 32nd head coach of the Kansas State University Wildcats following the 1988 season.
1989 49 Years Old Prior to Snyder's first season in 1989, Sports Illustrated published an article about Kansas State football entitled "Futility U," which labeled the school "America's most hapless team." … Read More


1990 50 Years Old In Snyder's second season, in 1990, the Wildcats improved to 5–6. … Read More
1991 51 Years Old …  Additionally, ESPN selected Snyder as its national coach of the year in 1991, and CNN selected him as its national coach of the year in 1995. … Read More
1993 53 Years Old Two years later, Snyder led the Wildcats to the school's second bowl game—the 1993 Copper Bowl—and their first-ever bowl win. … Read More
1996 56 Years Old In 1996, Snyder led the Wildcats in the first Big 12 Conference football game against Texas Tech, winning 21 - 14. … Read More


2003 63 Years Old In the 2003 season the team won the Big 12 championship –- the school's second-ever major conference title. They beat #1 ranked Oklahoma in the 2003 Big 12 Championship Game, 35–7. … Read More
2005 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Ron Prince, formerly an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia, was named Bill Snyder's replacement on December 5, 2005. … Read More
2010 70 Years Old In his second season in 2010, the team had a 7–6 record and played in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl against the Big East's Syracuse University at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
2011 71 Years Old 1 More Event
Snyder earned his 150th win with a season opening victory over Eastern Kentucky on September 3, 2011. … Read More
2012 72 Years Old In the 2012 season, Snyder led the team to its first Big 12 Conference championship since 2003. … Read More
2013 73 Years Old On January 31, 2013, it was announced that Snyder's contract was extended through the 2017 season. … Read More
2015 75 Years Old On January 9, 2015, Snyder was announced as an inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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