Sumlin Hires His Defensive Coordinator

While new head coach Kevin Sumlin has his offensive staff in place, he still had some work to do to get his defensive staff in place. But he answered a lot of questions today when he hired South Florida's Mark Snyder to lead the Wrecking Crew into the SEC. Click here for details of Snyder's coaching resume'.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin filled the most important open slot on his staff today when reports surfaced that he hired University of South Florida defensive coordinator Mark Snyder. In his two years as the Bull's defensive leader, his units finished no lower than No. 39 nationally. The website "Coaches By the Numbers.com" ranks Snyder as the No. 18 defensive coordinator in the nation based on their numerical ratings criteria. His defenses are known to be aggressive, as his units are consistently near the top of the NCAA in sacks and tackles for loss. He is also known as an aggressive recruiter and will likely assume responsibilities for the linebackers.

In his first year in Tampa in 2010, Snyder led a defensive group that ranked 17th in total defense (317.9 ypg), 22nd in scoring defense (20.0 ppg) and 22nd in rushing defense (125.6 ypg). The Bulls starting linebacker trio of Jacquian Williams, DeDe Lattimore and Sam Barrington ranked as the top three tacklers on the team. Williams, a second-team All-BIG EAST performer, was then selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants and Lattimore earned Freshman All-America honors.

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.

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 helped develop a number of outstanding players at Ohio State, including All-Americans Matt Wilhelm, Cie Grant and A.J. Hawk. Both Wilhelm and Grant played key roles in Ohio State's 2002 national championship before going on to become NFL Draft picks. Hawk led OSU with 141 tackles en route to becoming the No. 5 overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Snyder came to Ohio State from the University of Minnesota, where he spent four years coaching the Golden Gophers' defensive ends. While he was with the Golden Gophers, Minnesota's defense twice set school records for single-season sacks and averaged 40.7 sacks during a three-year span. Snyder helped develop Lamanzer Williams, who led the nation in sacks in 1997, and Karon Riley, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2000. Williams, riley and Greg "Stylez" White went on to successful careers in the NFL. Prior to Minnesota, he also made stops at Marshall, Central Florida and Youngstown State.

The South Point, Ohio, native was an all-state selection at Ironton High School at quarterback and also played basketball and ran track. Snyder went on to play free safety at Marshall. Snyder graduated from Marshall in the spring of 1988 and started his coaching career the following fall as a student assistant for the Herd. He went to Central Florida the following year and spent two seasons at UCF, the first as a graduate assistant and the second as a part-time coach working with the linebackers.

In 1991, Snyder joined Tressel's Youngstown State staff as the outside linebackers coach. Snyder was given the added responsibility of special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach in 1994 and was promoted to defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 1996. During his tenure at Youngstown State, the Penguins won three NCAA Division 1-AA national championships and played in four consecutive national championship games, facing Marshall in three of those contests (1991, 1992 and 1993).

Mark and his wife, the former Beth Molter who is a native of Ironton, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, have three daughters: Chelsea, Lindsay and Shaylee.

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