Brian Snyder
Email: bsnyder3@ju.edu Tel: (904) 256-7836
Brian Snyder, who spent six years in the Oakland A’s minor league system, enters his third year as a volunteer assistant coach at Jacksonville University.

Snyder assists with all aspects of the program while working specifically with the infielders, outfielders and hitters.

Last season, juniors Adam Brett Walker II and Dan Gulbransen each secured A-Sun all-conference honors, while senior Jonathan Murphy ranked in the top five nationally in steals. Walker II led the Dolphins in most offensive categories en route to being drafted in the third round by Minnesota Twins. Gulbrasen (16th round, Houston Astros) and Murphy (19th round, Twins) would also hear their names called in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Snyder also helped newcomer Alex McRae in earning conference all-freshman team honors after playing third base, first base and designated hitter when he was not on the mound.

In 2011, Snyder helped Walker II, junior shortstop Jimmy Howick and freshman second baseman Taylor Ratliff each earn A-Sun all-conference honors – the highest number for the Dolphins since 1984.

Walker II was named A-Sun Player of the Year along with several other accolades, while Ratliff earned freshman All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America. Following the season, Howick was selected in the 21st round of the MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.

The Dolphins led the A-Sun in hits (667), while ranking second in batting average (.308), RBI (399), runs scored (453) and on-base percentage (.396). They were also fifth in home runs with 47.

Snyder was a three-year letter winner for Stetson at third base from 2001-03. He earned four All-America honors, two first-team all-conference accolades and an all-region selection during his time with the Hatters. After his sophomore season, he was ranked the eight-best prospect in the Cape Cod League, while also earning the all-star team MVP honors.

For his stellar college career, Snyder became the highest draft pick in Stetson history by selected in the first round of the 2003 draft (26th overall) by the Oakland Athletics. Snyder worked his way through the franchise’s farm system with the Vancouver Canadians (Short-A, 2003), Kane County Cougars (Single-A, 2004), Midland Rockhounds/Stockton Ports (Double-A/High-A, 2006), Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, 2007 – Texas League All-Star) and Midland Rockhounds/San Antonio Missions (Double-A, 2008) before ending his baseball playing career to complete his degree at Stetson. He secured his bachelor's degree in sports management from Stetson in the spring of 2011.

Snyder is married to Ashley Prange, who was the winner of the Golf Channel's Big Break V: Hawaii, and is entering her second year as the head women’s golf coach at JU.