JU names Brian Snyder volunteer assistant baseball coach
Brian Snyder, who spent six years in the Oakland A’s minor league system, has been named the volunteer assistant coach at Jacksonville University by head coach Terry Alexander.

Snyder, who was a standout at Stetson in his collegiate career, will replace Mike McCallister on the staff after accepting a job as an assistant baseball coach at Terry Parker High School. His responsibilities with the Dolphins will include assisting with all aspects of the program while working specifically with the corner infielders and hitters.

“We are fortunate to add a person who not only is a first round draft pick but also holds current records in our conference,” said Alexander. “He gives us instant respectability because he has enjoyed a lot of success in his career and also has a lot of knowledge of the A-Sun.”

A first-round choice by the A’s in 2003 (26th player taken overall), Snyder worked his way through the franchise’s farm system with the Vancouver Canadiens (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.

A three-year letterwinner as a third baseman at Stetson, Snyder was a freshman all-america selection by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America while also garnering second-team Atlantic Sun Conference honors. As a sophomore, he was named all-region and first team all-conference before playing in the Cape Cod League over the summer. During that time, he was the eighth ranked prospect out of the Cape Cod League while also earning all-star team MVP honors. As a junior, he garnered All-America accolades from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and was named first team all-conference.

Snyder is married to Ashley Prange, who was the winner of the Golf Channel's "Big Break V: Hawai'i. and is entering her second year as an assistant women’s golf coach at Stetson.

JU will begin its 2011 season with a three-game road series at UNC Wilmington on Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.