Bill Snyder inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

K-State Athletics Communications and K-State Alumni Communications

Coach Bill Snyder was honored Dec. 8 as part of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2015. (Photo: K-State Athletics Communications)

Known as the architect of the “greatest turnaround in college football history,” Coach Bill Snyder has built a lasting legacy at Kansas State University and is beloved by both players and fans. It’s only fitting his name has been added to the elite roster of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.

Just the fourth person in the history of college football to be inducted as an active coach, the legendary K-State coach was officially enshrined Dec. 8 as part of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2015.

“This is such a fitting honor for a tremendous man who has represented Kansas State University, the state of Kansas and all of college athletics with the utmost class and integrity,” said K-State President Kirk Schulz. “Coach Snyder, in so many ways, epitomizes the core values central to our university’s founding and ongoing quest for excellence through a tireless work ethic, an unrelenting commitment to improvement and never giving up. We are so proud of him on behalf of the student-athletes, the entire K-State family and countless others who have benefitted from his positive leadership.”  

The National Football Foundation's National Awards Dinner at New York City's Waldorf Astoria was a time for celebration and reflection, and honoring Coach Snyder’s contributions to K-State during his 24 years at the university. 


Coach Bill Snyder speaks at the National Football Foundation's National Awards Dinner at New York City's Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 8. (Photo: K-State Athletics Communications)
When Snyder came to K-State in 1989, its football team was labeled “Futility U” after six losing seasons and going 27 games without a win. However, it didn’t take long for Snyder to turn things around and, since then, he has led K-State to 193 wins, 17 bowl games and won two Big 12 Championships. He has been called the “coach of the century” by hall of fame coach Barry Switzer.

“Coach Snyder loves football, he wants to win, but he cares more about the guys on the team and who they’re becoming as men,” said senior cornerback Morgan Burns. “He’s always coaching football, but he has the undertone of how it is going to help you in your life as a father, a husband or a leader in your job. He really wants to see men grow in their character and leadership and be successful after football. With him, football isn’t life. He’s had a huge part in growing my character as a man, and I’m very thankful for that. He’s shaped who I am in so many different ways, the same as so many other players as well. It’s an honor to play for him.”

It’s easy to see how much the K-State family means to Snyder, who said this award is “not a one-person honor.”

“The opportunities given to us by our central athletic administration (past and present) have been a significant part of our successes here at Kansas State as has the fan (family) support we have had from our student bodies and the Kansas State people throughout the country,” Snyder said. “All-inclusively they represent the passion, caring and love of the Wildcat Football Family.”

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