W&L NAMES BRYAN SNYDER INTERIM WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Athletic Director Mike Walsh has
announced that Washington and Lee head volleyball coach Bryan Snyder will
serve as the interim women's basketball coach for the 2002-03 season.
Snyder had served as the women's basketball assistant coach each of the
past two seasons in addition to his volleyball coaching duties.
"We are very fortunate to have a coach of Bryan's caliber on our
staff and willing to coach and direct the women's basketball program this
year," said Walsh. "He is one of our most successful coaches
and is very familiar with the women's basketball team. Because of the
timing of this opening, we decided to suspend our current search and to
reopen the search for a replacement at a later date. As an alumnus, Bryan
has a deep affection for the University and our players are very pleased
with his selection. They are looking forward to representing Washington
and Lee under his coaching and leadership."
"I just want to maintain and build upon the recent successes the
women's basketball program has had while a search continues to find a
permanent head coach," said Snyder. I'm very excited about this opportunity
to work with such a great group of young people and I feel that it will
be a positive experience for everyone involved."
Snyder has guided the W&L volleyball program to a 50-15 (.769) overall
record during his two years, winning the ODAC Championship and advancing
to the NCAA South Region Semifinals last season with a 30-5 overall mark.
He was named the ODAC and Virginia College Division Coach of the Year
following the season.
"Coach Snyder is the perfect choice for the interim head coach of
women's basketball," said senior guard Elizabeth Igo. "He is
well respected as a coach and person by all the members of the team and
is a great fit for the women's basketball program."
"I am thoroughly looking forward to working with Coach Snyder this
season," senior center Austin Calhoun said. "In all situations,
he has proven to be an energetic, passionate and intense coach, and working
with him this season is an exciting and positive development."
A 1995 W&L graduate with a bachelor of science in mathematics and
physics/engineering, Snyder served as the head volleyball coach and sports
information director at St. Mary's (Md.) for two seasons before returning
to his alma mater. His Seahawk volleyball squads posted a 41-25 mark during
his two seasons.
A national search for a permanent head coach will resume near the completion of the 2002-03 season.
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