Year at K-State: 25th
Date of Birth: September 21, 1969
Hometown: Greenville, Texas
Children: Katherine, Tate, Matthew
Kansas State (1994)
Bachelor's in Money and Banking
Iowa, Punter (1988-89)
K-State, Punter (1991-92)
1994-96 K-State (Part-Time Assistant Coach)
1996-99 K-State (Director of Football Operations)
1999-2001 K-State (Asst. A.D./Dir. of Football Ops.)
2001-08 K-State (Assoc. A.D./Dir. of Football Ops.)
2009-10 K-State (Sr. Assoc. A.D./Dir. of Football Ops.)
2011-18 K-State (Assoc. H.C./Special Teams Coord.)
1988 Peach Bowl (Iowa)*
1995 Holiday Bowl (K-State)
1997 Cotton Bowl (K-State)
1997 Fiesta Bowl (K-State)
1998 Alamo Bowl (K-State)
1999 Holiday Bowl (K-State)
2001 Cotton Bowl (K-State)
2001 Insight.com Bowl (K-State)
2002 Holiday Bowl (K-State)
2004 Fiesta Bowl (K-State)
2006 Texas Bowl (K-State)
2010 Pinstripe Bowl (K-State)
2012 Cotton Bowl (K-State)
2013 Fiesta Bowl (K-State)
2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (K-State)
2015 Alamo Bowl (K-State)
2016 Liberty Bowl (K-State)
2016 Texas Bowl (K-State)
2017 Cactus Bowl (K-State)
* As a player
Former All-American punter and long-time staff member Sean Snyder is in his eighth season as the Wildcats’ Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator and Director of Football Operations.
A former Consensus All-American, Snyder was named the 2015 FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year as well as the 2015 and 2017 Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by Phil Steele. Snyder enters his 25th overall year as a member of the Kansas State staff as he continues his role as Director of Football Operations, a position he has held the past 22 years.
K-State’s special-teams units have been one of the most consistent in the nation under head coach Bill Snyder, much to do with Sean’s teachings. Since Snyder took over the special teams in 2011, K-State has set or tied eight team records, while Wildcats have etched their names at the top of 20 individual marks. Furthermore, K-State has had the First Team All-Big 12 kick returner each of the last five seasons, the longest streak in conference history.
Thanks to Snyder’s tutelage and scheming, Kansas State has a combined 47 kickoff- and punt-return touchdowns since 2005 to lead the nation. The Wildcats’ total is 19 more than the next best team, while they are the only squad in the country to have at least one return score in each of the last 13 years. Additionally, Kansas State also has a nation-leading 111 non-offensive touchdowns since 1999 thanks in large part to the special teams.
On the flipside, K-State has not allowed a kickoff-return touchdown since September 2013, while it last surrendered a punt-return score in September 2014.
The 2017 season was another stellar one for the Wildcats’ special teams as Snyder picked up Special Teams Coordinator of the Year honors from Phil Steele. The Wildcats ranked in the top 25 nationally in kickoff-return defense (2nd), punt returns (10th) and kickoff returns (14th). K-State surrendered only 16.6 yards on kickoff returns – its best mark since 2000 – while Kansas State is the only Power 5 team in the country to finish in the top 15 in kickoff-return average each of the last three seasons.
D.J. Reed ranked in the top 20 in five return categories – including second-place marks in both punt (14.9 yds/return) and kickoff (34.2 yds/return) returns – en route to Second Team All-America honors and First Team All-Big 12 accolades. Reed became Snyder’s fifth All-American in just seven years coordinating the special teams, including the third to earn first- or second-team citations.
Reed wasn’t Snyder’s only All-Big 12 performer in 2017 as place kicker Matthew McCrane earned first-team honors and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, punter Nick Walsh was a second-team honoree and Byron Pringle picked up honorable mention honors as a returner.
McCrane left K-State as the first kicker in school history with three all-conference honors in a career as he became K-State’s all-time leader in career field goals made (57). He also set the record for career field goal percentage (86.4), extra point percentage (99.3), career consecutive field goals made (16) and career consecutive extra points made (105). His career field goal percentage ranked second in Big 12 history and sixth in NCAA history, while his 304 career points ranked third overall in K-State history and second among kickers.
As a senior in 2017, McCrane connected on 21 field goals to rank third in school history, including three of 50 or more yards to tie the school record. He finished 15th in the nation in field goals per game (1.62), while he was 25th in the nation in scoring.
Walsh left his mark on the record book as well, finishing third in career punting average (42.34) and fourth in both career attempts (217) and yards (9,187). As a senior, the former walk-on booted to a 43.6-yard mark to finish fifth in school history and second in the Big 12.
In 2016, Kansas State was the only team in the nation to rank in the top 25 in kickoff returns, punt returns, kickoff-return defense and punt-return defense. K-State finished sixth in the country in kickoff-return average, while the Wildcats led the nation by having 32-percent of their kickoff returns result in field position past their own 35-yard line.
Pringle, who returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score against Texas Tech, earned First Team All-Big 12 honors, while Dominique Heath, who returned a punt 75 yards for a score against Florida Atlantic, picked up honorable mention accolades.
On the kicking side, Walsh was a named a Third Team All-Big 12 performer by Phil Steele in 2016 by finishing second in the league in average at 42.8 yards per punt, while the mark ranked sixth in school history.
Snyder tutored a 2015 group that finished in the top 15 nationally in four categories, including blocked kicks (7th), blocked punts (11th), kickoff return defense (12th) and kickoff returns (13th).
Kickoff returner Morgan Burns led the charge as he was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year – the third-straight year the award was won by a Wildcat – and First Team All-American by numerous outlets. Burns led the nation in kickoff-return touchdowns (4) and ranked third nationally in kickoff-return average, while he also set a conference record by being named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week each of the final four weeks of the regular season. Burns also broke the school record for single-season kickoff-returns yards (1,138).
Burns wasn’t the only special teamer to earn All-Big 12 honors under Snyder as two place kickers – Jack Cantele (first team) and McCrane (honorable mention) – and Walsh (honorable mention) also earned accolades from the league’s coaches. It was just the second time in Big 12 history that a team produced two all-conference place kickers in the same season (2001 Colorado).
In 2014, the Snyder-led units ranked third nationally and tops in the Big 12 in punt-return average (18.0) and 16th in the country in kickoff-return defense (17.97). Individually, Tyler Lockett earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year honors for a second-straight season as he led the nation with a 19.1-yard punt return average in addition to ranking third nationally in all-purpose yards (176.62 per game) and punt-return touchdowns (2). Lockett was also a Consensus All-American as an all-purpose player, earning numerous First Team All-America honors as a kick returner.
Thanks to Snyder’s scheming in the return game, Lockett left K-State holding the school record for kickoff-return yards (2,196) and set the Big 12 record for career kickoff-return average (28.5).
In the kicking game, McCrane was an Honorable Mention All-American in addition to earning Freshman All-America honors after leading the nation with a 94.7-percent field goal conversion rate. Due in part to McCrane, Snyder’s kickers broke the school record with 23 made field goals during the 2014 season. McCrane became the first freshman in school history to connect on two field goals of 50 yards or greater, while he shattered the K-State freshman record for points scored (95), nearly 40 more than former Lou Groza Award winner Martin Gramatica.
The 2014 season was a continuation of a three-year run of unprecedented success for K-State’s specialty units. 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 2.0 yards tied for fourth.
Individually, Lockett, who earned All-America honors, ranked third nationally in kickoff-return average at 32.76 yards per return. Tramaine Thompson claimed the top spot in punt-return average at 19.75, which ranked third in school and Big 12 history.
In 2013, 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.
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. 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 and a 2016 inductee into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame, 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 selected to play in the 1992 Blue-Gray Game.
Snyder, K-State’s Special Teams MVP in 1991 and 1992, held the school record for career punting average (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 San Diego Chargers in 1994.
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.