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Legendary Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder to Retire After 27 Seasons

Snyder won two Big 12 titles with the Wildcats.

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder announced his retirement on Sunday, ending his tenure with the Wildcats after 27 seasons. Snyder is the winningest coach in program history. 

The 79-year-old coach came to Manhattan, Kan. in 1989 after serving as Iowa's offensive coordinator and QB coach for a decade. The Wildcats had just two winning seasons in their 34-year history before Snyder arrived. They've had 18 winning seasons since.

Snyder's first stint with Kansas State ended in 2005 after a pair of losing seasons. He returned in 2009, reviving the program with 10-plus win seasons in 2011 and 2012. Kansas State appeared in 19 bowl games in Snyder's 27 seasons, winning nine of them. 

Kansas State secured two Big 12 titles with Snyder, winning the conference in 2003 and 2012. Snyder was named AP Coach of the Year in 1998, and Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2002, 2011 and 2012. 

Snyder's replacement has not been announced. In a statement, Kansas State said it will launch a national search to identify its next football coach.