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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY SPORTS: Mark Snyder’s Contract Extended Through 2013

Posted by kinchendavid on August 19, 2006

By DavidKinchen.com Staff

Huntington, WV   – Marshall University football Coach Mark Snyder’s contract has been extended through 2013, President Stephen J. Kopp announced on Friday, Aug. 18, 2006.

Kopp cited Snyder’s commitment to the program and the direction he believes it is headed in making his decision to extend Snyder’s contract.

“I have tremendous confidence and respect for Mark Snyder,” Kopp said. “I admire his character and work ethic, not only as our head football coach, but also as a leader. He challenges and prepares the young men who come to Marshall University as student athletes to excel on the playing field, in the classroom and in life.”

Snyder, a native of Ironton, Ohio, coached Marshall to a 4-7 record in 2005, his first year with the Thundering Herd. Marshall opens the 2006 season on Sept. 2 at West Virginia University.

“I am extremely honored and humbled that the administration feels like our program is headed in the right direction,” Snyder said. “We have an outstanding president and athletic director here, and it means a lot for them to show this type of commitment to me and my family. This is my alma mater and my home and, thanks to the administration’s belief in us, I know we will be here for many years to come.”

Athletic Director Bob Marcum said that Snyder, in his first 16 months on the job, has demonstrated all of the necessary qualities to be an outstanding football coach. “This commitment reflects his ability to lead our football program,” Marcum said.

Kopp described Snyder’s commitment to building on the tradition of Marshall football as “inspiring.”

“Through his hard work, determination and the discipline he has instilled in our players he has proven to me that he is the right person to lead our football program,” Kopp said. “This three-year contract extension reflects the commitment of Marshall University to Coach Snyder and the trust we have in him as the leader of our Thundering Herd football program.”

Snyder came to Marshall in April 2005 from Ohio State University, where he spent four years as an assistant coach under Jim Tressel. In Snyder’s four years with the Buckeyes, OSU posted a 40-11 record and was 3-1 in bowl games.

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