Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Hires Former Minnesota Coach Kill as Football Administrator

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Hires Former Minnesota Coach Kill as Football Administrator

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MANHATTAN -- Kansas State announced Tuesday it hired Jerry Kill, the former Minnesota football coach, as associate athletic director for administration.

Kill, a native of Cheney, will serve as chief administrator for the K-State football program.

"Coach Kill primarily will be a resource for our football program and coach (Bill) Snyder," said K-State athletic director John Currie. "Obviously, that's really critical to our success, and he'll have other duties as they evolve."

Kill retired from Minnesota, and the coaching profession, in 2015 after battling epileptic seizures.

"I want to make it known that my coaching days are over, and I am excited to start this next phase as an administrator for one of the finest athletic departments in the country," Kill said. "Mentoring has always been very important to me, and I am thrilled to work in support of Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder and the football program and learn more about the administrative side of college athletics."

Kill, 54, coached Minnesota from 2011-15 and went 29-29 with three bowl appearances. In his other Bowl Subdivision stint as a head coach, Kill was 23-16 at Northern Illinois, where he also led the Huskies to three bowl berths from 2008-10.

A 1983 graduate of Southwestern, Kill served as both defensive and offensive coordinator during two stops at Pittsburg State and was also head coach at the Division II level for Saginaw Valley State and Emporia State. He coached two seasons for the Hornets, going 11-11 in 1999-00.

Kill also spent seven seasons as head coach at the FCS level for Southern Illinois, going 55-32. His time with the Salukis overlapped time spent at SIU by Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber. Each of Kill's last five SIU teams reached the FCS playoffs. Those teams went 50-14.

"Jerry's health issues have precluded him from coaching again, but his passion for athletics and young people make this a positive step for his future career," Snyder said. …

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