Birthdate: June 29, 1919
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio
College: Ohio University (1941)
Jim Snyder was head coach of his alma mater, Ohio University for 26 years, from 1949-1974. He amassed 20 winning seasons and led his teams to 7 NCAA Tournament appearances (1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, and 1974) and one National Invitation Tournament appearance (1969). Snyder's teams compiled a 355-255 record, good for a .581 winning percentage. He was a football and basketball star as an undergraduate in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
In 1967, Snyder was inducted into the Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame for his years of great coaching. Ohio’s Jim Snyder Award is given annually to a player who personifies the spirit of Coach Snyder and all that he stood for in character, academics, sportsmanship and attitude. He was known as "Gentleman Jim" among his coaching peers for his integrity and engaging personality.
Jim Snyder died on April 27, 1994.