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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: KCI Sports Publishing (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975876961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975876961
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Janssen has been in the middle of Kansas State Wildcat athletics for the better part of four decades. He has been sports editor of The Manhattan Mercury since 1981, winning six national writing awards from the National Newspaper Association, and eight first-place honors from the Kansas Press Association. Graduating from K-State in 1972, Janssen served as sports director of KMAN-KMKF Radio in Manhattan, earning Sportscaster of the Year honors in 1977 and 1978. He worked alongside the legendary Voice of the Wildcats, Dev Nelson, on the K-State Radio Network, plus hosted several coaches’ television shows. In the first 17 years of Janssen’s coverage of K-State football, the Wildcats went 46-130-3 under four different coaches. In the last 17 years of Janssen’s coverage under Coach Bill Snyder, the Wildcats’ record was 136-68-1. Janssen resides in Manhattan with his wife, Peg. They have two children, Travis and Kelly.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Carter on June 23, 2006
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What Bill Snyder did at Kansas State is easily, the greatest coaching job, in any sport, at any time, EVER......

Beyond belief is the only way I can even start to describe how BAD Kansas State football was before Snyder took over.

Bill Snyder is maybe the greatest coach of all-time, in any sport. This book should be required reading for ALL business leaders and employees in America. Follow Snyder's steps to success, and apply them to your own life, and you CANNOT fail. Total comittment, goal setting, respect, loyalty, persistence, serious organization, and believing in others, are key components to Snyder's winning formula. The man worked 100 hour weeks, 12 months a year to make this miracle a reality. It's amazing, and it's true......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Mullens on October 25, 2008
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The book went into detail about Bill Snyder and detailed anecdotes about the fact that he gives a copy of the movie "Pinocchio" to friends or how he asked that his planes sit on the side of a plane going to Japan. However, the book is a look at Bill Snyder the coach and person. I enjoyed the book. There were detailed that I wish were in the book, such as the details he gave to the office janitor on how to do his job or the relationship to his assistants. Spencer Tillman once said that no assistant ever left Bill Snyder's program on good terms. I wish that had been addressed in the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roberto H on December 14, 2008
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The most useful parts of this book are the ones that explain how Bill Snyder shaped the psyche and ethos of the K-State program. From changing the uniforms and logo to convincing the players they could actually win, his work was truly magnificent.

Details of Snyder's accomplishment are extremely worth the reading; however, to pan out these golden nuggets, the reader must wade through a lot of inconsequential filler. The book is partially a shout out to all of Snyder's favorite players and he spends a lot of time honoring them. This is a nice gesture but a waste of time for anyone who isn't a former player or a hard-core K-State fan. Furthermore, the biographical chapters are pretty dry.

I recommend this book to coaches or business leaders seeking a radical team/organization turnaround just as long as they're aware of the need to skip big chunks of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By teater on September 13, 2012
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This book is great. Great story about a living legend. Learned many things that I did not know. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sixm on November 3, 2011
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Amazing book and an amazing man. It is even more interesting reading this book since Coach Snyder is out of retirement and coaching at K-state again.
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