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Snyder Named Coach of the Year by KC Sports Commission

By The Mercury

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder was named the 2013 Burns and McDonnell Coach of the Year by the Kansas City Sports Commission Thursday.

Each year the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation honors the area’s outstanding individuals for their commitment and achievement in sports.

In addition to Snyder, awards will be given to the Kansas City area’s top sportsman, sportswoman, community champion and top executive. Presentation of the 2013 awards will take place Friday, April 19, at the Kansas City Downtown Marriot-Muehlbach Towers.

Predicted to finish sixth in the Big 12 prior to the season, the Wildcats tallied an 11-2 record, including an 8-1 mark in Big 12 play to capture the school’s third conference championship and first since 2003.

The 2012 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, Snyder guided K-State to its seventh 11-win season, but only the second 11-win regular season (1998).

In addition being named the 2012 Big 12 Coach of the Year by both the Associated Press and his fellow coaches, Snyder was also a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year and Bear Bryant Award for the second straight season as well as being a finalist for the Eddie Robinson and Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year Awards and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Coach of the Year Award.

Snyder led K-State to a school-record six wins against ranked opponents in 2012, including its conference-championship clinching victory over No. 18 Texas. Additionally, the Wildcats obtained their first-ever No. 1 ranking the BCS standings earlier in the season.

The Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation benefits the Kansas City region through sports by creating, attracting and managing major sporting events for Kansas City, and promotes the lifetime benefits of sports for youth through educational initiatives, tournaments and clinics.

For more information on the awards banquet, visit

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