March 14, 1940|
Santa Monica, California
April 13, 2009 69) (aged|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1973||Utah State (assistant)|
|1983–1986||Los Angeles Rams (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 PCAA (1978–1979)|
1 Pac-10 (1996)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1996)|
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1996)
George Munger Award (1996)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1996)
Sporting News College Football COY (1996)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1996)
2x Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1990, 1996)
Bruce Fletcher Snyder (March 14, 1940 – April 13, 2009) was an American football player and coach. After playing college football at the University of Oregon in the early 1960s as a fullback, Snyder embarked on a coaching career.
He was the head coach at Utah State University (1976–1982), University of California, Berkeley (1987–1991), and Arizona State University (1992–2000), compiling a record of 125–106–6 (.540) at the three schools.
Snyder's 58 wins and nine-year tenure as head coach at Arizona State each rank second in school history to marks set by Frank Kush, who coached the Sun Devils from 1958 to 1979 and won 173 games. Snyder led ASU to four bowl games including a win in the 1997 Sun Bowl. More than 40 ASU players coached by Snyder were selected in the National Football League Draft, including seven in the first round, and more than 40 others signed free agent contracts in the National Football League (NFL). After his stint at Arizona State, Snyder assisted long-time friend John Robinson at UNLV for one season in 2003. He also served under Robinson as an assistant coach from 1983 to 1986 for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.
Snyder was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, in 1990 with Cal and in 1996 with Arizona State. He is a member of the Arizona State Hall of Fame. His best Sun Devil team was the 1996 unit. With Jake Plummer at quarterback, Snyder led ASU to an 11–1 record. The Sun Devils stunned the top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers in the season's second game. Arizona State reeled off the third undefeated regular season in school history en route 1997 Rose Bowl, where they came within 19 seconds of a victory over Ohio State. Had they won, the Sun Devils would have likely won at least a share of the national championship, as they would have been the only undefeated major-conference team in the nation. For his efforts that season, Snyder won a number of national coaching awards, including the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award.
Head coaching record
|Utah State Aggies (NCAA Division I independent) (1976)|
|Utah State Aggies (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1977–1982)|
|California Golden Bears (Pacific-10 Conference) (1987–1991)|
|1991||California||10–2||6–2||T–2nd||W Florida Citrus||7||8|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1992–2000)|
|1996||Arizona State||11–1||8–0||1st||L Rose||4||4|
|1997||Arizona State||9–3||6–2||3rd||W Sun||14||14|
|1999||Arizona State||6–6||5–3||4th||L Aloha|
|2000||Arizona State||6–6||3–5||T–5th||L Aloha|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
Assistant coaches under Bruce Snyder who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:
- Karl Dorrell: UCLA (2003–2007)
- Ron English: Eastern Michigan (2009–2013)
- Rod Marinelli: Detroit Lions (2006-2008)
- Steve Mariucci: California (1996), San Francisco 49ers (1997–2002), Detroit Lions (2003–2005)
- Bobby Petrino: Louisville (2003–2006, 2014–present), Atlanta Falcons (2007), Arkansas (2008–2011), Western Kentucky (2013)
- Robin Pflugrad: Montana (2010–2011)
- "Snyder new football coach at Utah State". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 16, 1975. p. 5B.
- Ferguson, George (December 16, 1975). "Bruce Snyder is 15th grid coach at USU". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. C1.
- Former Cal Coach Snyder dies of cancer Archived April 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.