Jim Snyder

Jim Snyder (1919-1994)

Teams coached: Ohio Bobcats
Ohio record: 354-245 (.591)
Overall record: 354-245 (.591)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  7  (1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1974)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  2  (1960, 1964)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1969)
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  7  (1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1974)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1949-1974 Ohio

Jim Snyder Facts

  • James E. Snyder
  • Born June 29, 1919
  • Died April 27, 1994
  • Hometown: Canton, Ohio
  • Alma Mater: Ohio University (BA, 1941)
  • The Ohio-native played at Ohio University under head coach Dutch Trautwein; also played football for the Bobcats
  • Became head coach at his alma mater in 1949, leading the Bobcats for 25 seasons
    • Compiled a 354-245 record during his tenure at the helm, winning seven MAC championships
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament seven times (including two Sweet Sixteens) and the NIT once
  • Ohio U has the “Jim Snyder Award,” which is given annually to the player who best personifies what Snyder stood for in “character, academics, sportsmanship and attitude;” throughout his career, Snyder was known to peers as “Gentleman Jim”
  • Inducted into the Ohio University Athletics Hall of Fame (c/o 1967) and Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame (c/o 2007)
  • Survived by his wife, Gayle, two sons, Kim and Todd, and daughter, Pamela

Jim Snyder Coaching Tree

  • Dale Bandy (Ohio)
  • Bill Brown (California PA, Kenyon, Sacramento State)
  • Mike Schuler (Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Rice, VMI)
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