Sean Snyder, KC Catbacker Tour 2018

Then-Kansas State associate head coach and special teams coordinator Sean Snyder listens to questions from reporters during a Catbacker Tour stop at the Overland Park Convention Center in 2018.

Sean Snyder is now a member of Southern California’s football staff.

Head coach Clay Helton officially announced Snyder’s hire as the Trojans’ new special teams coordinator Wednesday. The Mercury was the first to report Snyder’s departure last week.

The 50-year-old Snyder has spent the past 26 years working in several jobs at Kansas State, where his father, Bill, was the longtime head coach. Bill Snyder’s first college coaching job was at USC as a graduate assistant under John McKay in 1966.

Sean Snyder coached the Wildcats’ special teams from 2011 to 2018 while also serving as his father’s associate head coach. He spent last season as Kansas State’s senior special teams analyst after Chris Klieman succeeded Bill Snyder.

Snyder replaces John Baxter, who was fired along with defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast last December after the Trojans finished their 8-5 season by losing the Holiday Bowl to Iowa.

Helton also announced Donte Williams as USC’s new cornerbacks coach and defensive pass game coordinator.

Williams spent the last two seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Oregon, where he earned a reputation as one of the West Coast’s top recruiters, particularly in his native Los Angeles area. His Ducks also finished second in the nation with 20 interceptions.

In a post on his Twitter account this week, Williams said he needed to move back home to Los Angeles to be near his father, who is in failing health.

Williams is a cousin of former USC defensive backs Kris Richard and Darnell Lacy.

Helton has made several alterations to his coaching staff since he kept his job last fall despite a 13-12 record over the last two seasons.

USC hired former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando to replace Pendergast on Jan. 24. Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell also rebuffed attention from other schools and the NFL, agreeing to a multi-year contract extension after a successful debut season running his version of the Air Raid offense at USC.

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