During Big 12 football media days earlier this week, a number of coaches were asked to recall their first job as an assistant coach. Bill Snyder, 73, had quite the memorable answer.
“My first position as an assistant coach was in Gallatin, Missouri,” Snyder replied. “This was a high school position. I was an assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach and assistant women’s basketball coach, assistant track coach, drove the school bus, taught four units of Spanish, which I knew nothing about, and I made $6,000 a year.
"And I thought I’d died and gone to heaven, in all honesty, because I’d never had a paycheck worth very much prior to that.”
In January, Snyder signed a five-year contract extension and probably makes about 30 times as much as he made at his first job.
“I made some relationships and friendships there that were forever lasting,” Snyder said. “I don’t think my salary went up hardly any at all, but, nevertheless, it was an enjoyable experience.”