Jan. 24, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has named Mark Snyder as the Buckeyes’ new linebackers coach. Snyder, 36, comes to Ohio State from the University of Minnesota, where he has spent the past four seasons as the Gophers’ defensive ends coach.
A native of Ironton, Ohio and a 1987 graduate of Marshall University, Snyder coached at Marshall, Central Florida and Youngstown State (with Tressel) before joining the Minnesota staff.
“Mark is a terrific addition to our staff,” said Tressel. “He is an outstanding technician and an excellent recruiter. He was on my staff at Youngstown State and I have great admiration for him both as a person and as a coach. And I know, too, he is very, very excited about coming back to Ohio.”
Snyder, whose wife, Beth, gave birth to the couples’ third daughter (Shaylee) on Monday, will officially join the Ohio State staff on Sunday.
“I can’t wait to get started,” Snyder said. “I am an Ohio guy, so this is a dream-come-true for me. And I am looking forward to again working with Coach Tressel. He really gave me my start in this profession. When I was at Youngstown, he taught me a lot about winning, but he taught me even more about caring for people, so being on his staff at Ohio State is very special for me.”
Snyder was an all-state selection at Ironton High School as a senior. He went on to win All-America defensive back honors his senior year at Marshall, when the Thundering Herd finished as runners-up in the Division I-AA National Championship.
Snyder graduated from Marshall in the spring of 1988 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater the following fall. He then spent two years (1989-90) at Central Florida, the first year as a graduate assistant and the second as a part-time coach in charge of the linebackers.
Snyder joined forces with Tressel in 1991 as linebackers coach at Youngstown State. In 1994, he took on the additional responsibility of special teams coordinator. In 1996, Tressel elevated Snyder to defensive coordinator. During his six years at Youngstown State, the Penguins won three national championships and played in four title games.
Snyder left Youngstown State in 1997 to become defensive ends coach at Minnesota. During his four years with the Gophers, he developed a number of outstanding players, including Karon Riley, the Big Ten’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2000.
Mark and Beth, who is also from Ironton, have two older daughters: Chelsea (8) and Lindsay (7).