Bill Snyder

Our Great Coach on this episode is legendary American Football Coach, Bill Snyder.

Bill started his coaching career in 1966. In 1979 he became the offensive coordinator under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry at the University of Iowa. Over the next 10 years, he and Fry turned a program that had not had a winning season since 1961, into a two-time Big Ten champion.

In 1989, he became the 32nd head coach of Kansas State University. He would go on to coach them for 25 seasons. In this time, he would lead them to more than 200 wins, 18 bowl games, and two Big 12 championships.

The development of the Kansas State program is considered the greatest turnaround in college football history. And led Hall of Fame football coach Barry Switzer to famously once state “He’s not the coach of the year, he’s not the coach of the decade, he’s the coach of the century.”

Bill was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Key topics he discusses with us include:

  • How Great Coaches have a prominent understanding of the environment that they happen to be in.
  • When athletes believe you have a genuine interest in them, they will trust you and make the required sacrifices for the team.
  • The challenges he faced in turning Kansas State Football into one of the greatest programs in college history.
  • Leaving a legacy to have influenced people’s values so they live a happy and successful life.


Leadership Lessons with Bill Snyder 

Bill Snyder: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done

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