Snyder Honored at MWSU Student-Athlete Banquet

Published 04/28 2014 10:06PM

Updated 04/28 2014 11:26PM

(ST. JOSEPH) Kansas State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder returned to St. Joseph on Monday to be honored at the 15th Annual Missouri Western Student-Athlete Banquet.

Snyder received the MWSU Distinguished Alumni Award in front of students, faculty, and boosters at the Fulkerson Center. The Lafayette High School almnus attended then-St. Joseph Junior College before beginning his coaching career.

"I'm really pleased any time I get to come back to St. Joe," he said. "It's my hometown, born and raised here. It's a joy. St. Joe, to me, has always been about people who generally care about people. I think people that spend a lot of time here realize that's really what it's all about."

The coach spoke to the assembly about growing up in St. Joseph, coming from a single-parent home, and the growth of MWSU. He said he catches up on the local sports scene when he can.

"Somebody puts that information on my desk on a very regular basis. It's a young university. There hasn't been an opportunity yet for alumni to be out there over an extended period of time. But, as that takes place, you're going to see more money put into the university itself, and it will continue to grow."

"It's recognized on a national level now at such a young, young age."

Kansas State held their Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. on Saturday.

Among the honors for the Griffons, quarterback Travis Partridge and pitcher Jackie Bishop earned the male and female MWSU Student Athlete of the Year.

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