Larry Snyder (athlete)
|Sport(s)||Track and field|
August 9, 1896|
|Died||September 25, 1982(aged 86)|
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1952||U.S. Olympic Team (assistant)|
|1960||U.S. Olympic Team|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Lawrence "Larry" Snyder (August 9, 1896 – September 25, 1982) was an American track and field athlete, coach, and military veteran. He served as the track and field coach at Ohio State University from 1932 to 1965.
Snyder was a pilot instructor in World War I and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
Snyder was due to participate in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris as a runner, but was injured in an airplane crash a few weeks before he was due to set out. This ended his hope of an athletic career, leaving him only the option of being a coach and training others.
The most heralded athlete coached by Larry Snyder was Jesse Owens, and Coach Snyder helped improve Jesse's techniques and performance. Other successful athletes coached by Snyder were Dave Albritton, Glenn Davis and "Marvelous Mal" Whitfield. All told, Snyder's OSU athletes set 14 world records, won 52 All-Americans certificates and eight Olympic gold medals.
Olympic coaching career
Snyder was the U.S. track and field assistant coach in 1952 (Helsinki) and the head coach in 1960 (Rome). Under his coaching, the 1952 USA team won 40 medals in Helsinki and the 1960 team won 32 medals in Rome.
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