March 14, 1940|
Santa Monica, California
|Died||April 13, 2009
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Utah State (assistant)
Los Angeles Rams (assistant)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Bruce Snyder (March 14, 1940 – April 13, 2009) was an American football player and coach. After playing for Oregon in the early 1960s as a fullback, Snyder embarked on a coaching career. He was the head coach at Utah State University (1976–1982), University of California, Berkeley (1987–1991), and Arizona State University (1992–2000), compiling a record of 125–106–6 at the three schools.
Snyder's 58 wins and nine-year tenure as head coach at Arizona State each rank second in school history to marks set by Frank Kush, who coached the Sun Devils from 1958 to 1979 and won 173 games. Snyder led ASU to four bowl games including a win in the 1997 Sun Bowl. More than 40 ASU players coached by Snyder were selected in the NFL Draft, including seven in the first round, and more than 40 others signed free agent contracts in the NFL. After his stint at Arizona State, Snyder assisted long-time friend John Robinson at UNLV for one season in 2003. He also served under Robinson as an assistant coach from 1983 to 1986 for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.
Snyder was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, in 1990 with Cal and in 1996 with Arizona State. He is a member of the Arizona State Hall of Fame. His best Sun Devil team was the 1996 unit. Wth Jake Plummer at quarterback, Snyder led ASU to an 11–1 record. The Sun Devils opened the season by stunning the top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers. Arizona State reeled off the third undefeated regular season in school history en route 1997 Rose Bowl, where they came within 19 seconds of a victory over Ohio State. Had they won, the Sun Devils would have likely won at least a share of the national championship, as they would have been the only undefeated major-conference team in the nation. For his efforts that season, Snyder won a number of national coaching awards, including the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award.
Head coaching record
|Utah State Aggies (NCAA Division I independent) (1976)|
|Utah State Aggies (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1977–1982)|
|California Golden Bears (Pacific-10 Conference) (1987–1991)|
|1991||California||10–2||6–2||T–2nd||W Florida Citrus||7||8|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1992–2000)|
|1996||Arizona State||11–1||8–0||1st||L Rose||4||4|
|1997||Arizona State||9–3||6–2||3rd||W Sun||14||14|
|1999||Arizona State||6–6||5–3||4th||L Aloha|
|2000||Arizona State||6–6||3–5||T–5th||L Aloha|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.