MANHATTAN — Andre Coleman has been around Bill Snyder's Kansas State football program long enough to know that some things never change.

Take the Wildcat offense, for example, where Snyder literally wrote the book.

But Coleman's experience as both a K-State player and assistant coach also has taught him that contained in Snyder's voluminous playbook are endless possibilities. That is why, as the Wildcats' new offensive coordinator, he can't wait to get his hands on it.

"We're not reinventing the wheel, but we're putting some different rims on it," Coleman said with a grin. "It's pretty exciting."

While it remains to be seen what Coleman will do to spiff up the Snyder offense on Saturdays, he already is making an impact since taking over as coordinator after Dana Dimel left for a head coaching position at Texas-El Paso.

"If nothing else, one thing that coach Coleman brings that's different — and I think it's his best value — is he's a player's coach and he brings a serious passion to the game," said senior offensive tackle Dalton Risner. "Just being out here, not a week yet into fall camp, coach Coleman does an extremely good job relating to us as players.

"He really does a good job of bringing that energy and passion."

Coleman, 45, brought that energy and enthusiasm from the time he joined a veteran K-State staff as wide receivers coach in 2013. Only now it permeates the entire offense.

"I think our personnel and just the young energy of our team is great," said junior quarterback Alex Delton, who is battling sophomore Skylar Thompson for a starting job. "Guys are excited to play and always fired up and ready to go.

"That's something that goes well with me because I know that leads to success on the field. You feel that coach Coleman wants to win as much as we do, and that means a lot to the players."

In addition to Coleman, Snyder turned to an even younger assistant to run the defense when he promoted Blake Seiler, 34, to coordinator following Tom Hayes' retirement in January. The two of them clearly have provided the team with a shot of adrenaline.

"It's a little bit of a mojo," Coleman said. "We enjoy getting in the room and watching film and coming up with ways to put our players in the best position to be successful — finding the best skill sets for our players and finding ways to use that skill set.

"So it's pretty refreshing to be able to have that kind of creativity and be able to do it in a way that makes our players excited and gets us excited and gets our defense excited. And then what happens, guys start feeding off each other."

Though several longtime assistants remain on staff, Snyder acknowledged that younger coaches such Coleman and Seiler, not to mention Zach Hanson (tight ends), Collin Klein (quarterbacks) and Eric Hickson (running backs), offer a fresh perspective.

"That may have something to do with the spirit of our team, and it's not just the coordinators but just some of the younger coaches who really get into it quite well and have a great deal of spirit about themselves," Snyder said. "In most cases, that's motivational for a number of our players, probably to a little higher degree than previously."

Unlike most of his contemporaries, Coleman didn't jump straight into coaching when his playing days were over. After four years as a standout receiver and kick returner at K-State (1990-93) and a five-year NFL career that included two Pro Bowl appearances, he spent more than a decade working in the private sector.

He got his first coaching job in 2010 as an assistant to former K-State teammate Eric Wolford at Youngstown State. There he worked with the tight ends for one season and wide receivers for the next two before joining Snyder's staff.

Coleman, who received his degree from K-State in 2011, said he returned to his alma mater two years later with no preconceived ideas of what the future would hold.

"It was a thrill, but I really and truly try to wait one day at a time," he said of his promotion to offensive coordinator. "I really try to embrace the process; I really try to trust the process.

"I really believe that if you just try to be the very best at whatever it is you're doing, somebody's going to notice and good things will happen to you. My plan wasn't to come to K-State and wow everybody and I'm going to be the offensive coordinator in X amount of years."

Not that he doesn't have hopes and dreams of someday landing a head coaching position.

"Of course," he said. "I think that I'm capable. I think that I understand these young men.

"I think that I've been through the process, meaning I've been a high school-recruited athlete, I've been a college football player (and) I've been a professional football player. I have life experiences that I can relate to some of these young men, and I think I can make a difference in young men's lives."

Coleman said he'll draw on the entirety of those football experiences in putting his stamp on K-State's offense.

"I've been around the best talent that's ever played this game," he said. "I've played against hall of famers, I've been in practice with them.

"So I've had an opportunity to see it, live and up close, every single day."

Junior receiver Isaiah Zuber said he likes what he's seen so far.

"We are still running the same offense, we are just running different types of formations," Zuber said. "There is more energy, even at practice — players getting into it with coaches, coaches getting into it with players.

"Everybody is competing."

Coleman wouldn't have it any other way.

"The things we talked about doing, we're doing, and they're doing it well," Coleman said of his players. "I think it's got our guys excited.

"They put in a lot of work, these guys, in the offseason and out here in this hot sun, and putting in the work in the weight room. It's our job to make it fun for them on Saturdays, and that's what I'm trying to do."