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Bill Snyder’s first job: $6,000 as assistant coach and Spanish teacher in Gallatin, Mo.

Updated: 2013-07-22T23:27:21Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

— Bill Snyder had quite the story to tell Monday at Big 12 football media days when a Texas reporter asked him about his first coaching job.

“My first position as an assistant coach was in Gallatin, Missouri,” Snyder replied. “This was a high school position. I was an assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach and assistant women’s basketball coach, assistant track coach, drove the school bus, taught four units of Spanish, which I knew nothing about, and I made $6,000 a year. And I thought I’d died and gone to heaven, in all honesty, because I’d never had a paycheck worth very much prior to that.”

Snyder makes much today as K-State’s football coach, but still remembers that first job fondly.

“I made some relationships and friendships there that were forever lasting,” Snyder said. “I don’t think my salary went up hardly any at all, but, nevertheless, it was an enjoyable experience.”

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/KellisRobinett.

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