To those of us in our 20s, we only know a world where Bill Snyder has been the head coach at Kansas State, or for a few years, retired. Back in the 1970s when he was rising through the coaching ranks, he served as offensive coordinator at Austin College, a small private school in Sherman, Texas with an enrollment of just over 1,200. Snyder was on the Kangaroos coaching staff from 1974-75, but also served as head coach of the swim team.
An anonymous tipster forwarded over a picture from an old edition of the school’s yearbook, The Chromascope, of a young Snyder being dumped into the pool by his team. It’s not the greatest quality, but its fun to see Snyder before he became the silver-haired Kansas State legend that he is today.
This picture is also a reminder of how much college sports have changed in recent years. Snyder, who has been outspoken about how he is disappointed in the current status of college sports, coached two sports at Austin College, and certainly wasn’t making $2.5 million to do so. He definitely didn’t have a Nike sponsorship deal or have every game televised, with many on national broadcasts. While its unlikely that college sports ever goes back to the way they were in 1974, you can understand why Snyder may pine for those days now.