Former All-American punter and long-time staff member Sean Snyder is in his fourth season as the Wildcats' Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator and Director of Football Operations.
The former Consensus All-American enters his 20th year as a member of the Kansas State staff and his fourth as a full-time assistant coach. Snyder will also continue his role as Director of Football Operations, a position he has held the past 18 years.
In his second and third seasons as the special teams coordinator in 2012 and 2013, K-State enjoyed unprecedented success in both the return game and kick coverage as Snyder was named a finalist for the Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop both seasons. The 2012 Wildcats led the nation in kickoff-return average at 29.24 yards per return as they shattered both the school and Big 12 records. Additionally, the average was the best mark in NCAA history among teams with 35 or more returns in a season. K-State also ranked second in the NCAA with an 18.95 punt-return average, while its punt return defense average of two yards tied for fourth.
Individually, sophomore Tyler Lockett, who earned All-America and All-Big 12 honors as a kick returner as well as receiving votes for Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, ranked third nationally in kickoff return average at 32.76 yards per return. Junior Tramaine Thompson claimed the top spot in punt-return average at 19.75, which ranked third in school and Big 12 history.
That success continued in 2013 as Snyder's units ranked fifth nationally with five blocked kicks, including four from national leader Travis Britz. The punt-return unit averaged 12.5 yards per return to rank 17th in the nation, while the Wildcats ranked 26th nationally with a 23.4-yard average per kickoff return. In addition, Kansas State continued a nation-leading streak of nine-straight years with a kickoff-return touchdown when Thompson took one back 94 yards against Louisiana.
Snyder tutored Lockett to Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year accolades, while he was also named a First Team All-Big 12 kick returner. The school's career leader in kickoff-return yardage, Lockett finished sixth in school history with 583 return yards in 2013 and enters his senior campaign ranked second in school history in career average (31.1) and touchdowns (4). Additionally, Thompson left Kansas State ranked fourth in school history in career punt-return yards (718) as he was named an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 performer as a kick returner in 2013.
In his first year as a full-time coach in 2011, K-State was among the nation's best in kickoff returns as Lockett, a true freshman, earned Walter Camp All-America honors after leading the nation with his 35.2-yard average. Punter Ryan Doerr was also a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, while place-kicker Anthony Cantele was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2012 and was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 pick in 2011.
Snyder received his start as a part-time assistant coach with the Wildcats in 1994 and served in that capacity until 1996, when he began focusing his efforts on the administrative side of the program as the Director of Football Operations.
In 1999, Snyder was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations. He was named Associate Athletics Director in 2001 and Senior Associate Athletics Director in 2010.
A member of Kansas State's inaugural Ring of Honor Class in 2002, Snyder was one of the program's most prolific punters during his playing days at K-State from 1991-92. As a senior, Snyder earned First Team All-America honors from the Associated Press, Kodak and Athlon after averaging a school-record 44.7-yards per punt. In 1991 he was tabbed as the Big Eight Defensive Newcomer of the Year after averaging 40.5 yards in his junior season.
A First Team All-Big Eight selection in 1992 after earning honorable-mention honors in 1991, Snyder was also selected to play in the 1992 Blue-Gray Game.
K-State's Special Teams MVP in 1991 and 1992, Snyder held K-State's record for punting average in a career (43.0) before having it broken by James Garcia in 1998, while his 3,572 punting yardage in 1992 still remains a school record.
Following his collegiate career, Snyder signed a free agent contract with the Phoenix Cardinals in 1993 and the following year with the San Diego Chargers.
Snyder earned his bachelor's degree from K-State in money and banking in 1994. Married to the former Wanda Boyett, the couple has three children, daughter Katherine, and sons Tate and Matthew, and one grandchild, D.J.