BREAKING: Sean Snyder named new Nebraska special teams coach after 26 years at Kansas State
BREAKING: Sean Snyder named new Nebraska football special teams coach after serving 26 years at Kansas State. Snyder is the son of former KSU head football coach Bill Snyder.
Courtesy: UNL Media Relations
Snyder’s official Kansas State football bio reads as follows-
Former All-American punter and long-time staff member, Sean Snyder, is in his 26th season at Kansas State and first as Senior Special Teams Analyst.
A former Consensus All-American, Snyder served the previous eight seasons as associate head coach and special teams coordinator. He 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.
K-State’s special-teams units were one of the most consistent in the nation under his tutelage as the Wildcats set or tied eight team records since 2011, while Wildcats etched their names at the top of 20 individual marks. Snyder coached players to 27 total All-America honors and 21 All-Big 12 honors. K-State also boasted the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in three consecutive seasons with Tyler Lockett earning the nod in 2013 and 2014, before Morgan Burns did so in 2015. Burns, who led the nation in kickoff-return touchdowns (4) and ranked third nationally in kickoff-return average in 2015, 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.
The 2015 season also saw Snyder tutor two All-Big 12 kickers in Jack Cantele (first team) and Matthew McCrane (honorable mention), as the Wildcats became just the second team in Big 12 history to produce two all-conference place kickers in the same season.
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.