Mark Snyder

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Mark Snyder
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Linebackers coach
Special teams coordinator
Team Michigan State
Conference Big Ten
Biographical details
Born (1964-12-30) December 30, 1964 (age 52)
South Point, Ohio
Playing career
1985–1988 Marshall
Position(s) Safety
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988 Marshall (SA)
1989 UCF (GA)
1990 UCF (LB)
1991–1996 Youngstown State (OLB/ST/LB/DC/DB)
1996–2000 Minnesota (DE)
2001–2004 Ohio State (LB/DC)
2005–2009 Marshall
2010–2011 South Florida (DC/LB)
2012–2014 Texas A&M (DC)
2015–present Michigan State (LB/ST)
Head coaching record
Overall 22–37

Mark Snyder (born December 30, 1964) is an American football coach who is the current linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for the Michigan State Spartans. He previously served as the defensive coordinator of the Texas A&M Aggies. He is the former head coach of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team in Huntington, West Virginia. Snyder was the 28th head coach for the football squad after a four-year tenure as a defensive coordinator with Ohio State University.

Playing career[edit]

The South Point, Ohio, native is a 1988 graduate of Marshall. Snyder played in 1987 for the football squad, leading the Southern Conference with 10 interceptions and was second on the team with 124 tackles his senior year at Marshall and helped lead the Herd to a landmark come from behind win at Louisville and a berth in Marshall's first-ever national championship game. He captured honorable mention All-America honors and first-team All-Southern Conference honors that season as the Thundering Herd posted a 10-5 overall record and finished as national runners-up to Northeast Louisiana (43-42) in the 1987 Division 1-AA National Championship game. Snyder's 10 interceptions in 1987 still stands as the Marshall and Southern Conference single-season record.

Coaching career[edit]

Early Coaching[edit]

After graduating from Marshall, the following fall he began his coaching career as a student assistant coach for the Herd. He moved on to the UCF Knights the following year and spent two seasons there, the first as a graduate assistant and the second coaching linebackers.

In 1991, Snyder joined Jim Tressel at Youngstown State University as the outside linebacker coach. Snyder was given special teams and inside linebacker responsibilities in 1994, and then promoted to defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 1996. During his tenure at Youngstown State, the Penguins won three NCAA Division 1-AA national championships and played in four consecutive national championship games, facing Marshall in three of those contests (1991, 1992, and 1993).

Following the 1996 season, Snyder went on to spend four years as the defensive ends coach under Glen Mason at Minnesota. While coaching the Golden Gophers, Minnesota's defense twice set school records for single-season sacks and averaged 40.7 sacks during a three-year span. While at Minnesota, Snyder's best players were Lamanzer Williams, who led the nation in sacks in 1997, and Karon Riley, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2000.

Ohio State Buckeyes[edit]

Snyder again reunited with Jim Tressel at Ohio State University and was coming off of his first season as the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator. In Snyder's four years at Ohio State, the Buckeyes posted a 40-11 overall record and tallied a 3-1 record in bowl games, including victories in the 2003 and 2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowls. Snyder helped develop a number of outstanding players at Ohio State, including All-Americans Matt Wilhelm, Cie Grant, and A. J. Hawk. Both Wilhelm and Grant played key roles in Ohio State's 2002 national championship before going on to become NFL draft picks. Hawk led OSU with 141 tackles en route to becoming the No. 5 overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Return to Marshall[edit]

Marshall University's football program welcomed home one of its own when Mark Snyder was introduced as Marshall's 28th head football coach on April 14, 2005. "I am pleased that Mark decided to return to his alma mater and lead our football program into a new era," Marshall Director of Athletics Bob Marcum said at Snyder's hiring. "He brings a great deal of experience, enthusiasm, and a proven record of success at the highest levels of college football to Marshall."

Snyder was the head coach at Marshall for five seasons (2005-09) and helped lead the Thundering Herd transition from the Mid-American Conference to Conference USA. In Snyder's final year in 2009, Marshall went 6-6 during the regular-season and earned a berth in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. His program produced 40 all-conference selections, including 2006 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Albert McClellan, who had 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks his sophomore season. Snyder produced a 22-37 overall record at Marshall (17-23 Conference USA).

Under Snyder, running back Ahmad Bradshaw was a two-time All-C-USA pick and ran for 19 touchdowns and 1,523 yards as a junior in 2006 to earn first-team all-league honors. Bradshaw was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft (No. 250 overall) by the New York Giants and won two Super Bowls with the Giants (XLII, XLVI); he is one of just eight running backs in NFL history to be the leading rusher in two Super Bowls.

McClellan, who had to sit out the 2007 season due to a knee injury, returned in 2008 to earn first-team All-C-USA honors for the second time in his career. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2009 and is currently playing his fourth season in the NFL, all in Baltimore.

South Florida[edit]

On January 18, 2010, Snyder was named the defensive coordinator at South Florida.[1] Snyder spent two seasons (2010-11) as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at South Florida. Both of his defenses in Tampa ranked in the FBS Top 25 in rushing defense (22nd in 2010 at 125.6 ypg. and 15th in 2011 at 107.3 ypg.). During USF's 2010 season that ended with an 8-5 record and a win over Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the Bulls ranked 17th in total defense (317.9 ypg.) and 22nd in scoring defense (20.0 ppg.). Snyder helped mentor first-team All-BIG EAST defensive tackle Terrell McClain, who was selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft (No. 65 overall) by the Carolina Panthers. The Bulls were also one of the top defensive teams during the 2011 season in tackles for loss (No. 2 in FBS with 99; 8.25 pg.) and sacks (No. 4 with 39; 3.25 pg.).

Texas A&M[edit]

On January 10, 2012, Snyder was hired by first-year head coach Kevin Sumlin as the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M.[2] During Snyder's stint as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, two of his defensive linemen earned All-SEC honors, including consensus first-team All-American Damontre Moore in 2012. A third-round NFL Draft pick by the New York Giants (No. 81 overall) in 2013, Moore led the Aggies his junior season with 85 tackles, including 21 for losses and 12.5 sacks, to land on the All-SEC First Team. In 2014, true freshman Myles Garrett set a Texas A&M and SEC-freshman record with 11.5 sacks and was named a consensus first-team Freshman All-American as well as second-team All-SEC. During Texas A&M's 11-2 campaign in 2012 that ended with a win in the Cotton Bowl Classic over Oklahoma, Snyder's defense ranked 26th in the NCAA FBS in scoring defense, allowing 21.8 points per game.

Michigan State[edit]

On January 9, 2015, Snyder was hired by Mark Dantonio as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Michigan State[3]

Personal life[edit]

Mark and his wife Beth, who is a native of nearby Ironton, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, have three daughters: Chelsea, Lindsay, and Shaylee.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Marshall Thundering Herd (Conference USA) (2005–2009)
2005 Marshall 4–7 3–5 T–5th (East)
2006 Marshall 5–7 4–4 3rd (East)
2007 Marshall 3–9 3–5 5th (East)
2008 Marshall 4–8 3–5 6th (East)
2009 Marshall 6–6 4–4 4th (East) Little Caesars*
Marshall: 22–37 17–23 *Resigned from Marshall before the Pizza Bowl
Total: 22–37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bruce Feldman (January 18, 2010). "Former Marshall coach to South Florida". Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Former MU football coach Mark Snyder hired at Texas A&M". Herald-Dispatch.com. January 10, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Michigan State football finalizes hiring of Mark Snyder as linebackers, special teams coach

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