Bill Snyder, John Hubert

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, center, talks to running back John Hubert, right, during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Bill Snyder has been associated with athletics at Kansas State University for 25 years. He was born and raised in St. Joseph, Mo., graduating in 1957 from Lafayette High School.

As football coach for KSU, he has not only impacted the football team, but the university, the city of Manhattan, the entire state of Kansas and the national outlook on football and collegiate sports in general.

This native of St. Joseph, educated here in our school system and indoctrinated in the values of our culture, has become a great example for those who work with youth and those who work with society in general. His principles of a strong faith in God, honoring and supporting family and striving to be the best person one can be are ingrained early on in his athletic programs.

Many of his charges have not yet achieved their full potential as athletes or as citizens, but Bill encourages them to do just a bit better each day.

This works.

His philosophy has built a football team that as of Sunday (Oct. 21, 2012), is ranked third nationally in the BCS standings and fourth in The Associated Press standings, with a chance to go on to even greater things.

Kansas State University has grown considerably since his arrival; many credit his example and leadership.

The city of Manhattan has certainly grown because of Bill’s successful football teams.

The state of Kansas has benefited from his expertise, as he has advised the government on many projects.

The sport of football has benefited, thanks to Bill’s example.

All this from a St. Joe boy. St. Joseph can be proud to claim him!

Jim Lehr,

BS/BA, KSU, '64,

St. Joseph