Kill, 54, resigned on Oct. 28 from the Golden Gophers because of health issues related to suffering seizures on game days. Kill's position at Kansas State is not a coach in waiting, a source said. Wildcats coach Bill Snyder, 76, is the oldest active coach in Division I.
Kill is a Kansas native. He was 156-102 as a head coach, including 29-29 in five seasons at Minnesota.
"I need to clear this up real quick -- I cannot ever be a head coach [again]. That's just the way my life is going to be. I'm very understanding of that. My next journey is this journey." Jerry Kill
"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 said. "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 [athletic director] John [Currie] and the rest of the first-class staff at K-State."
In a conference call with reporters, Kill again made it clear that his coaching days are over.
"I need to clear this up real quick -- I cannot ever be a head coach [again]. That's just the way my life is going to be. I'm very understanding of that. My next journey is this journey," he said.
"My way to be a part of student-athletes and be a part of a football program is just this -- mentoring people. This is what I'm able to do. I even checked it out with my doctor before I got this far. I have to live a little bit of a different life than what I did before, and I'm OK with it."
Currie said the school is thrilled to add Kill to his staff.
"He is ready to move into a new chapter of his life and professional career, and his experience as a former head coach will be a terrific addition to our staff," Currie said. "We look forward to the perspective and mentoring he will provide our coaches and student-athletes as we continue toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program."