Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bill Snyder

Bill Snyder


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Kansas State
  • High School: Lafayette (St. Joseph, Mo.)
  • Years: 1989-2005, 2009-present
  • Inducted: 2015
  • Place of Birth: St. Joseph, Mo.
  • Date of Birth: Oct 07, 1939

Member Biography

The “architect of the greatest turnaround in the history of college football,” Bill Snyder became the winningest coach in Kansas State history while continuing to lead the program to national prominence during his 23 years as head coach from 1989-2005 and 2009-present. He becomes only the fourth coach to earn induction into the College Football Hall of Fame while still actively heading a program, joining Bobby Bowden (Samford [Ala.], West Virginia, Florida State), John Gagliardi (Carroll [Mont.], Saint John's [Minn.]) and Joe Paterno (Penn State). Through the 2014 season, Snyder's head coaching record stands at 187-94-1 (66.5%).

The 14th fastest coach in college football history to win 100 games, Snyder has led Kansas State to two Big 12 Championships and 16 of the school’s 18 bowl appearances, including 11-straight from 1993-2003. He is a three-time Big Eight and four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, and he took home almost every major college football coaching award after the 1998 season, including those presented by Walter Camp and the Associated Press. Leading Kansas State to top 20 finishes 12 times, Snyder has coached College Football Hall of Famer Mark Simoneau along with 26 First Team All-Americans, seven First Team Academic All-Americans, five NFF National Scholar-Athletes and two Heisman Trophy finalists during his time in Manhattan, Kan.

Snyder is the chairman of the Kansas Mentors Council and the Kansas Leadership Council, and he serves on the boards or councils of many organizations, including the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the Terry C. Johnson Cancer Research Center. He has been awarded many awards for his civic service, including the 2006 Kansas Community Service and Kansan of the Year Awards, and he has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Austin College (Texas), the Kansas City Sports Commission and William Jewell College (Mo.).

The Saint Joseph, Mo., native began his coaching career in the high school ranks, and he served as an assistant coach at Southern California, North Texas and Iowa before becoming the head coach at Kansas State. He is a member of the Kansas State Athletics, Missouri, Kansas, Austin College (Texas) and Holiday Bowl Halls of Fame. In 2006, Kansas State honored Snyder by renaming its stadium Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and the school unveiled a statue of him at the stadium in 2013.  Snyder was a three-year letterman at wide receiver for William Jewell (Mo.)

*Games through the 2014 season.