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3 Coaching Contract/Position Changes In The Big 12
February 01, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Kansas State extends Bill Snyder's contract
Kansas State Director of Athletics John Currie announced that coach Bill Snyder, 73, has agreed to a new multi-year contract through the 2017 season.

The new contract, which has an automatic rollover provision after the completion of each season mirroring the agreement signed in 2009, increases Snyder's compensation to $2.75 million for the 2013 season, while annual increases of $100,000 will bring the five-year total to $14.75 million through the 2017 season. The new deal has been approved by the K-State Athletics, Inc., Board of Directors and President Kirk Schulz.

"Coach Snyder's daily drive, focus and energy in continuing to build the K-State football program are truly remarkable and inspirational," said Currie. "While he is not one to focus attention on himself, President Schulz and I felt that it was important to recognize in this very significant way his tremendous leadership and commitment to continuing to lead the K-State football program."

In 1989, Snyder took over a program considered the worst in college football. In his first tour of duty, Snyder was the architect of the "greatest turnaround in the history of college football." Returning in 2009 after a three-year brief retirement, Snyder again has the Wildcats winning. They finished 11-2 this past season and earned the Big 12's bid in the Fiesta Bowl as Conference champs. With Snyder as coach, K-State has seven 11-win seasons since 1992.

If Snyder coaches through the end of the new extension in 2017 he will be 78. (As one writer put it, Snyder can be Kansas State's coach as long as he wants.)

"Bill Snyder is one of college football's most respected legends and a complete ambassador for K-State and Manhattan," Schulz said. "We are so fortunate to have one of the very best coaches in college football history who also fully embraces and understands the value and mission of our university. Under his leadership our football program continues to raise the national visibility of Kansas State University which is a key component in our K-State 2025 vision of becoming a Top 50 public research university."

Iowa State, Christy Johnson-Lynch sign 7-year deal
Iowa State volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch has agreed to a new seven-year contract, keeping her at the helm of one of the nation's most successful volleyball programs through 2019.

"I am so excited about the future of the Iowa State volleyball program," Johnson-Lynch said. "I feel very lucky and blessed to be part of such a great institution and athletics department.  My sincere thanks go out to [Athletics Director] Jamie Pollard and [Senior Associate Athletics Director] Calli Sanders for putting so much support behind me and our program. 

"Their leadership and encouragement, in addition to our incredible fan base, is the reason behind our success the past several years.  I love my job, I enjoy the people I work with and work for, and my hope is to continue to build Iowa State volleyball into a national championship contender."

In eight seasons at Iowa State, Johnson-Lynch has taken a Big 12 team that won just 13 league matches from 1996-2004, to a perennial top-15 powerhouse with seven-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Cyclones have advanced to five regional semifinals and two regional finals under Johnson-Lynch, one of just seven teams in the nation to advance to the regional semifinals five times since 2007. 

Baylor promotes Paul Jobson to co-head coach
Baylor soccer has promoted associate head coach Paul Jobson to the position of co-head coach. He is the husband of head coach Marcy Jobson and since taking over the Baylor program in 2008, the husband and wife combination has produced unprecedented results.

"Paul has played an integral role in building Baylor soccer into a championship program," Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw said. "We are blessed to have Marci and Paul providing such exceptional leadership and coaching for our soccer student-athletes."

On the field, Baylor has racked up a 58-28-17 record in the tandem's five-year tenure, making Marci the winningest coach in program history. Before the pair's arrival, BU had endured seven consecutive losing seasons.

"This promotion recognizes what Paul has accomplished over the past eight years on my staff," Marci Jobson said. "He has been a huge part of what we have done at Baylor and this move is just the natural progression for an assistant coach who has been very successful."

"This move allows us to invest more into our team as a staff," Paul Jobson said. "We are married, so we already approach things as equals and I think this title just illustrates what our relationship has been over the course of our careers. With the promotion, outsiders will now be able to see us both as head coaches and that will allow us to reach out farther in the soccer community."

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