Bryan Snyder Named Head Assistant Coach for ASU Wrestling

Aug. 5, 2009

TEMPE - Former collegiate standout Bryan Snyder has joined the staff of the Arizona State University wrestling program, Head Coach Shawn Charles announced Tuesday, and will join current assistant coach Brian Stith on the staff.

'Bryan is going to help me bring together all the pieces that we need to make our program very successful,' Charles said. 'He coached at Harvard as well and academics is big on his list. I know he is going to help make sure that our wrestlers are doing the things academically that we need to do to be among the top programs in our sport and across the board. We are going to go after wrestlers that can get the job done in the classroom as well as on the mat and he will be a big part of that. He also is from one of the more prestigious high schools in the country (Easton High School in Pennsylvania) and I feel he will be able to help us attract some of the East Coast talent that will continue to help the Sun Devil program rise to the top once again.'

A four-time All-American and two-time NCAA runner-up for Nebraska, Snyder will serve as the head assistant coach on Charles' staff. Snyder and Charles have worked together in the past as Charles was a coach during Snyder's senior season at NU.

Snyder was one of the top wrestlers at 157 pounds from 1999-02 as he collected four All-America honors after placing fourth, fifth, second and second in his NCAA appearances. One of the few four-time champions in the history of the Big XII Conference, Snyder compiled a career record of 136-11 with his .925 winning percentage standing as the best in Husker history. Snyder was equally as successful in the classroom during his time in Lincoln as he was selected as the school's 2002 Student-Athlete of the Year. He graduated from NU with a pair of degrees (Sociology and Communication Studies) in 2002 before coaching at Harvard for one season. After his stint with the Crimson, Snyder returned to NU where he served as a graduate assistant coach while working toward his Masters in Sociology, which he earned in 2005. Recently, he has spent the past three years at the University of Colorado where he studied as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology.

'I am really excited to work alongside Shawn Charles and the rest of the staff to bring Arizona State back to national prominence,' Snyder said. 'I am confident that we can do big things at Arizona State and I am anxious to get on campus and get to work by helping our student-athletes excel on the mat and in the classroom as well.'

The Sun Devil coaching staff is currently preparing for the 2009-10 season and will look to build upon the program's 20th-place showing at the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships. ASU will be led by a pair of returning All-Americans in Anthony Robles (fourth place at 125) and Chris Drouin (sixth place at 141).

The Snyder File
• Four-time All-American for Nebraska at 157 pounds (1999-02)
• Two-time NCAA finalist (2001, 2002)
• Four-time Big XII Conference champion
• Three-time NWCA All-Star participant
• Career 136-11 overall and 69-4 dual records (#2 on NU wins lists)
• Career winning percentage leader at NU (.925)
• Four-time NWCA All-Academic
• Four-time Academic All-Big XII selection
• Graduated from NU in 2002 (two degrees: Sociology, Communication Studies) and in 2005 (Master's in Sociology)
• Working toward Ph.D. in Sociology at Colorado

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