Veteran former Tulsa coach and current San Jose State defensive coordinator Keith Burns has been added to Kansas State's coaching staff as the Wildcats' defensive backs coach.
Burns, a former Broyles Award finalist as the nation's top assistant coach, just completed his 26th year in the college coaching ranks.
"Keith brings a great deal of experience from several programs and with coaches whom I have great respect for," Snyder said. "He is a players' coach who has earned the reputation of being an excellent teacher who develops lasting relationships with his players and enhances their ability to play at the next level. I think he fits in extremely well with our present coaching staff and players in our program."
The Spartans ranked 22nd nationally in pass defense, yielding just 183.7 yards per game through the air. And in 2008, Burns led a Spartans defense that ranked in the top-11 nationally in tackles for loss (7th), passing defense (10th) and quarterback sacks (11th). The Spartans also finished 21st nationally in both points allowed and turnover margin in 2008.
Burns was the head coach at Tulsa from 2000 to 2002 where his teams were the basis for the Golden Hurricanes' 2003 Humanitarian Bowl appearance. His first team in 2000 went 5-7 to give Tulsa its most wins in the previous eight seasons.
He has also coordinated defenses at Arkansas (1998-99), Southern California (1994-97) and Pacific (1986-87) while also spending time at Rice as defensive pass coordinator and special-teams coordinator (1989-92).
Burns is a native of Hurst, Texas, and is familiar with recruiting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
It's a big addition for the Wildcats as Snyder hopes to improve on his defense as the next step in building his program. The Wildcats ranked 75th in pass efficiency defense, 83rd in pass defense and allowed 25 touchdown passes last season.