Bill Snyder made it clear throughout the 2015 football season that he had no intention to retire. He followed through with those words Monday by issuing a formal statement announcing his return.
“Following our bowl game against Arkansas, I had a chance to visit with my family, and they collectively wanted me to do what I wanted to do and none were against my decision to return,” Snyder said, “as long as I am having a positive impact on the young people in our program, my health is in order and as long as I am wanted by the University and the wonderful Kansas State fan base.”
Snyder, 76, meets with his family at the end of each season to seek their input on his coaching future. Before the Liberty Bowl, he said he expected to return for the 2016 season, but wanted to consult with loved ones before officially committing to another year on the job.
Snyder began coaching at K-State in 1989 and briefly retired for three years in 2005, returning to the sideline in 2009. During that time, he has compiled a record of 193-101-1, guiding the Wildcats to 17 bowl games,16 winning seasons and a pair of Big 12 championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame last month, becoming the fourth active coach to enter the exclusive club.
This season, K-State rallied from a 3-6 start to finish the regular season 6-6 before losing to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl.
“We are all grateful for the incredible leadership of Coach Snyder,” K-State athletic director John Currie said. “And I was delighted when he affirmed to me that he plans to continue.”
Snyder will enter his 25th season at K-State in 2016 when the Wildcats open the year at Stanford. Next season, he will be the second-winningest active coach in major college football. No active coach has won more games at a single insitution.
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