Former Kansas State standouts Zach Hanson and Eric Hickson have been added to the Wildcat coaching staff, head coach Bill Snyder announced Tuesday. Hanson will coach the tight ends and assist with the offensive line, while Hickson will tutor the Wildcat running backs.
With the additions, K-State now has seven full-time coaches who played for the Wildcats, the most former players coaching at their alma mater among all FBS coaching staffs.
Hanson, who served on the K-State staff as a graduate assistant and quality control coach from 2012-15 after his three-year playing career, returns to K-State after spending two years as a graduate assistant working with special teams and tight ends at North Carolina.
Hickson left K-State in 1998 as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 2,537 yards and 26 touchdowns, marks that still rank fifth and seventh in program history, respectively. A three-year starter and two-time team captain, Hickson led the Wildcats in rushing during the 1995, 1997 and 1998 seasons, while he was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection the final two years of his career. Hickson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 1999, while he also played in the XFL and Arena Football League.