In what may be new Head Coach Kevin Sumlin's most important hire, according to multiple sources, Texas A&M is set to name Mark Snyder its new Defensive Coordinator.
For the last two years Snyder has been Defensive Coordinator at the University of South Florida (USF).
In 2011, Snyder's USF defense ranked 36th in the country in scorng defense, 38th in total defense, 16th in rushing defense, and 84th in pass defense.
In 2010, Snyder's USF defense ranked 22nd scoring defense, 17th total defense 23rd in rushing defense, and 24th in passing defense.
Prior to joining the USF staff, Snyder was the head coach at his alma mater, Marshall, for the five seasons. Snyder became the 28th head football coach for the Thundering Herd on April 14, 2005.
In 2009, the Thundering Herd became bowl eligible for the first time since 2004 and finished the season with a 7-6 record. Snyder's squad defeated a talented Ohio team, 21-17, in the Lil Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Snyder came to Marshall after four years as an assistant coach under Jim Tressel at Ohio State University, including his last season there as the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator. In Snyder's four years at Ohio State, the Buckeyes posted a 40-11 overall record and tallied a 3-1 record in bowl games, including victories in the 2003 and 2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowls.
Snyder's 2004 Ohio State defense ranked 16th in the country in yards per play (4.4) and 28th in yard per game (331.7)
Snyder's 2003 Ohio State defense ranked 4th in the country in yards per play (4.0) and 8th in yard per game (296.8)
Snyder is very well respected by coaches and has connections throughout the south, which should help with Texas A&M's move to the SEC.