Former All-American punter and long-time staff member Sean Snyder is in his fifth season as the Wildcats' Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator and Director of Football Operations.
The former Consensus All-American enters his 21st 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 19 years.
Due to the success of the Wildcat special teams over the past few years, Snyder has been named a finalist for FootballScoop’s Special Teams Coordinator of the Year award each of the last three seasons.
The 2014 season was another banner year for the Wildcat special teams as 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, Matthew 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.
Snyder's kickoff-return unit also pushed the nation's longest kickoff-return touchdown streak to 10 years when Morgan Burns raced 86 yards for a score against Oklahoma State.
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 two 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, 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.