Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill accepts position at Kansas State

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Jerry Kill is going back to the state where he began his coaching career 31 years ago.

The former Minnesota coach has agreed to an associate athletic director position at Kansas State. Kill, a Kansas native, will not be the coach in waiting for Bill Snyder, who is the oldest active coach in Division I.

“Rebecca (his wife) and I couldn’t be happier to return home to the state of Kansas and join the K-State Athletics family and Manhattan community,” Kill told ESPN. “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 athletics departments in the country.

“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 under (AD) John (Currie) and the rest of the first-class staff at K-State.”

Kill, 54, resigned from his job at Minnesota in the middle of the 2015 because of his battle with epilepsy. Tracy Claeys took over and later shed the interim tag.

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The 2014 B1G Coach of the Year said that he wanted to stay in Minneapolis with some position in the athletic department. Kill was looking for a role within athletics doing something that involved interacting with student-athletes. Instead, he was offered a position to be a spokesman and teach a couple classes for the university.

He turned down the offer in February.

Kill had three different stints coaching in the state of Kansas. He was both the offensive and defensive coordinators at Division II Pittsburg State University (KS) and he was the head coach at Emporia State University (KS).

In his career as a head coach, Kill was 156-102 and he was 29-29 in his five seasons at Minnesota.

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