Kansas State officials, in a release Monday, said Snyder would replace Ron Prince, who was told earlier this month that he wouldn't be retained for next season. The Wildcats were 17-20 in three seasons under Prince, including 5-7 in 2008.
Kansas State was long a football laughingstock before Snyder arrived after the 1988 season. The Wildcats were in a 0-26-1 string when he was hired. But in 17 years in coaching Kansas State, Snyder built a 136-68-1 record, with a Big 12 Conference championship in 2003 and 11 consecutive bowl appearances starting in 1993.
"One of the most important factors in identifying the right person to take over this football program was to find an individual who has been a successful head coach and best understands the culture and tradition of Kansas State," said Kansas State Athletic Director Bob Krause. "No one understands that more than Coach Snyder and we are excited to be announcing him as our head coach today."