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Kansas Announces Hiring of Sean Snyder as Special Assistant to the Head Coach

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Sean Snyder is coming back to the Sunflower State. The son of legendary head coach Bill Snyder has been brought on as the special assistant to the head coach at Kansas, the university announced Friday.

That’s after CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported earlier in the day that the hiring was coming down the pike.

Snyder spent the 2022 season at Illinois, where he served as the team’s special teams coordinator/specialists coach. That’s after he spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons in the same capacity at USC.

Prior to that, Snyder worked under his father for more than two decades at Kansas State. He began his time there in Manhattan as a part-time assistant coach in 1994 and 1995, then operated in a number of other roles. Those included director of football operations from 1996 to 1998, assistant athletic director for football operations in 1999 and 2000, associate athletic director in 2001 and senior associate athletic director from 2002 to 2010. He was the special teams coordinator/associate head coach from 2011-18 and special teams analyst in 2019 before heading to Los Angeles.


During his tenure in the Little Apple, the Wildcats ranked in the Top 15 of the ESPN Special Teams Efficiency rating five different times, including first in 2017, second in 2015 and third in 2012. The Wildcats also stood in the Top 25 of the Football Outsiders Special Teams Rating six times since 2011, including first in 2017, third in 2014 and 2019 and sixth in 2012. With that, Snyder earned National Special Teams Coordinator of the Year in 2015 by FootballScoop and Phil Steele and in 2017 by Phil Steele.

He’ll join a Kansas program that just appeared in a bowl game for the first time since 2008. It fell 55-53 to Arkansas in an epic Liberty Bowl, finishing 6-7 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12.

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