For the man himself, today is just like any other day. But, for the entire Wildcat nation, today is the day to celebrate a legend, Bill Snyder.

At 76 years old, he could probably just about outsmart anyone. I’m not an athlete by any stretch of the imagination but the lessons he’s taught me just by being who he is, are truly priceless.

If someone were to ask me to name a living person to model my life after, my simple answer would be Bill Snyder. He has dedicated his entire life to helping others. Not only has he preached 16 goals, he has lived them.

  1. Commitment– He has always stayed committed to the team, the coaches, the university, and the entire fan base.
  2. Unselfishness– He never takes credit for any of his success.
  3. Unity– He teaches unity every day. With one you can accomplish some, with many, you can accomplish anything. He builds a team that is a family and when one person makes a mistake, the rest rally behind them.
  4. Improve– He has improved our university in words that I can’t even begin to describe. He took a football program that was nothing and turned it into something amazing. TWICE!
  5. Be Tough– He is tough! Come on, he’s 76! He can walk up and down a football field in the time that it takes some people to put their oreos down and get off the couch.
  6. Self-Discipline– He has an incredible amount of self-discipline, especially when it comes to player injuries. It would be tough not to disclose that type of information to the public when they’re constantly nagging you for it.
  7. Great Effort– He puts 110% effort into teaching, coaching, motivating, and mentoring the football team. I’ve never seen a time when he wasn’t giving his all.
  8. Enthusiasm– He is enthusiastic and passionate about being a coach. Not necessarily on the outside, but on the inside, where it counts.
  9. Eliminate Mistakes– It is very rare to see the same penalty in a game more than once. If it is, Bill isn’t going to be happen. He expects mistake-free football.
  10. Never Give Up– This season has been completely riddled with injuries but, this team hasn’t given up. They’re putting up a solid fight every single game. That’s what he expects them to do.
  11. Don’t Accept Losing– Anytime an “L” goes into the W/L column, he does everything in his power to make sure it doesn’t happen again and that the team gets better for the next week.
  12. No Self Limitations– This is an easy one; look at Collin Klein or Joe Hubener or even Kody Cook! You can succeed as much as you want to in this life, don’t put a bar on your success.
  13. Expect to Win– Bill Snyder never pays attention to rankings. His focus on the team and the team only. He always expects to win, no matter who we are facing.
  14. Consistency– What you see is what you get! We all know who Bill Snyder is. He is consistent with his expectations all the time.
  15. Leadership– He is the true definition of a leader.
  16. Responsibility– He takes responsibility when the team does something wrong in a game and helps them get better every single day.

Just imagine how successful we’d all be if we chose to follow this list of goals.

When I look back to my freshman year at K-State, I could never forget what it was like to attend a football game when Ron Prince was the head coach. I’m certainly glad that it was the only year I had to witness that type of football. I remember going to a few game where I couldn’t even stand to be there for more than a quarter of football. During most games the stands would almost be empty following halftime. The tension on campus was so thick you could cut it with a knife. We had nothing to believe in.

When Bill Snyder returned to K-State, he gave us all something to believe in. We’d seen him rebuild a team before and we all knew that he could do it again. It hasn’t taken long for us to witness the power of Bill Snyder.

From a Big 12 Championship to winning the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl 31-14 against Michigan, we’ve watched Bill Snyder put the pieces back together for K-State Football.

He is a LEGEND and his work isn’t done yet! I can’t wait to get to Manhattan this weekend and watch what happens against TCU; like coach says, EXPECT TO WIN!

Happy Birthday, Coach!


About The Author

Dara is a 2013 graduate of Kansas State University and misses Manhattan everyday. She works overnight at KSN in Wichita as the morning show producer and all other times watching sports, writing about sports, and tweeting about sports. Follow her on Twitter at @SportsWithDara.

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