Phil Snow

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Phil Snow
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Baylor
Conference Big 12
Biographical details
Born (1955-12-22) December 22, 1955 (age 62)
Woodland, California
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976 Berkeley (CA) HS (JV/DB)
1977–1978 Winters (CA) HS (DB)
1979 Laney (DB)
1980–1981 Laney (DC)
1982 Boise State (DB)
1983–1986 Boise State (DC/S)
1987–1991 California (DB)
1992–1994 Arizona State (DB)
1995–2000 Arizona State (DC)
2001–2002 UCLA (DC/S)
2003 Washington (Co-DC/CB)
2004 Washington (DC/SAF)
2005 Detroit Lions (DA)
2006–2008 Detroit Lions (LB)
2010–2012 Eastern Michigan (DC/DB)
2013–2016 Temple (DC)
2017–present Baylor (DC)

Phillip Snow (born December 22, 1955) is the defensive coordinator at Baylor University. He attended Sacramento CC (1974–75) and Cal. State Hayward (1977–78), where he received a Bachelor's in Physical Education. He began his coaching career at the high school level with positions at Berkeley High in 1976 and Winters High in 1977-78.

Coaching career[edit]

He began his coaching career at the high school level with positions at Berkeley High in 1976 and Winters High in 1977-78. Before arriving at Boise State, Snow spent three years at Laney College in Oakland, CA, where he was the secondary coach in 1979 and the co-defensive coordinator in 1980 and 1981.

From 1982-86, the Winters, CA native, served on the staff at Boise State for head coaches Lyle Setencich and Jim Criner. Snow was the defensive coordinator for the Broncos in his last four seasons. His 1986 squad was ranked sixth in the nation in total defense, allowing just 269.4 yards per game and recorded two shutouts. It also yielded just 80.3 yards on the ground to rank fourth in the nation in that category. In his final three seasons at Boise State, Snow served as assistant to the head coach in addition to his duties as defensive coordinator.

At California, Snow tutored the secondary in each of his five seasons in Berkeley, improving the unit each year. His philosophy of man-to-man coverage was a key ingredient in the Golden Bear defensive success. The 1990 and 1991 teams won the first back-to-back bowl games (Copper and Citrus) in school history. The 1991 team moved up as high as sixth in the weekly national rankings and played in the school’s first New Year’s Day bowl game in 33 years.

Snow coached former Sun Devil defensive standouts such as Craig Newsome, Lenny McGill, Kevin Miniefield and Jason Simmons who each went on to the NFL.

Snow’s 1996 ASU squad played in the ’97 Rose Bowl game and finished first in the conference in rush defense (98.0), pass defense (104.2) and total defense (306.2). It held Nebraska scoreless in one game and limited the opposition to under 10 points in five games total that season. The team finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in both polls.

In 1999, Snow’s defense finished third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense and featured NFL draft picks Erik Flowers and Junior Ioane on a team which played in the Aloha Bowl. His 1997 group ranked third in the Pac-10, but was first in scoring defense (18.5 ppg). The unit was led by Morris Trophy winner Jeremy Staat and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Pat Tillman. ASU played in the Sun Bowl and finished the season ranked 14th in both polls.

Snow spent nine seasons at Arizona State on the staff of Bruce Snyder. Prior to that, he also served on Snyder’s staff while at the University of California from 1987-91. During his tenure at Arizona State, Snow’s defenses posted five shutouts and held opponents to 10 points or less in 22 games. His defensive units ranked among the top three in scoring defense in the Pac-10 in three of his last five seasons at ASU. In 2000, the Sun Devils ranked first in the nation in fumbles recovered and third in the country in number of turnovers created. The group was headlined by Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Adam Archuleta and conference Freshman of the Year Terrell Suggs.

The veteran coach was hired as Bruin defensive coordinator in January 2001. Snow, who also tutors the Bruin safeties, spent the previous seven seasons as the defensive coordinator at Arizona State University. Overall, he has coached the past 15 seasons in the Pac-10 conference.

The Bruin defense ranked first in the Pac-10 in total defense in Phil Snow’s first season at UCLA in 2001. The unit also finished the season ranked second in the league in rushing defense and scoring defense. In addition, linebacker Robert Thomas, a first round selection by the Rams in the 2002 NFL draft, earned 2001 Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. Kenyon Coleman was the defensive winner of the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10’s best lineman.[1]

Phil Snow coached the Lions’ linebacker corps for the 2006 season after working as a defensive assistant on the Detroit coaching staff in 2005. Prior to joining the Lions in 2005, he spent the previous two seasons with the University of Washington Huskies, the last as their defensive coordinator. Snow currently has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan University. During his coaching career, he spent 17 seasons in the Pac-10 Conference.[2]


For the 2013 season, after spending three seasons as Eastern Michigan's defensive coordinator, Snow became the defensive coordinator at Temple. Temple's head coach, Matt Rhule served as an assistant underneath Snow during his time at UCLA.[3] After allowing 29.8 points per game in Snow's inaugural season, Temple's defense limited opponents to just 17.5 points per game in 2014, which was the 4th best mark in Division 1.[4] For his efforts, Snow was nominated for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's best coordinator.[5]

During the 2015 season, Snow's defense was, once again, one of the best in the nation. Temple limited opponents to just 20.1 points per game, the 17th best mark in Division 1, en route to a 10-4 season that saw the Owls defeat Penn State for the first time in 74 years and become nationally ranked for the first time since 1979.[6] The Owls also ranked 20th in Total Defense.[7] Following the regular season, Snow was once again nominated for the Broyles Award.[8]


On Jan. 4, 2017[9] Phil Snow was named Defensive Coordinator of the Baylor Bears. Snow replaces long time Baylor DC Phil Bennett who will stay on to coach Baylor through the Bowl Game. Snow worked the last three seasons at Temple for new Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule.

Personal life[edit]

Snow is the uncle of 2007 AL Rookie and 2008 AL MVP, Dustin Pedroia and father of Philip Snow, a graduate and former member of the University of Nevada-Reno golf team.


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