NEWBERRY - Newberry College head baseball coach Russell Triplett has announced the promotion of Jay Snyder to associate head coach, effective immediately.
Snyder has served as an assistant coach for the Newberry baseball program for six seasons. He was elevated to recruiting coordinator as the Wolves have made their resurgence to one of the prominent teams in the South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region.
"Jay has done a remarkable job as an assistant coach here at Newberry and this promotion is well deserved," said Triplett. "He has been instrumental in recruiting and developing high character student-athletes, which leads to building a successful program. His loyalty to Newberry College, this baseball program and our players is something I greatly appreciate. The players have full trust in Jay, to go along with a great amount of respect."
“This is an incredible opportunity coach Triplett has trusted me to take on, and I can’t express how deeply honored I am," Snyder said. "I'm excited to continue to learn and mature as a coach under coach Triplett. I’ve been very fortunate during my time at Newberry to learn as a coach and be surrounded by a lot of good players. Newberry College is very dear to my heart and I’m passionate about this college, our faculty and staff, the students and how supportive the community members are in making Newberry College continue to be special.”
At Newberry, Snyder has seen two outfielders named to the all-South Atlantic Conference teams. Prior to Snyder's arrival, there had been a six-year drought of all-SAC outfielders from Newberry. A total of 13 players who came to Newberry while Snyder was recruiting have been named all-conference.
Originally from Milton, Pa., Snyder began his coaching career at Keystone College where he served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Keystone recorded the top four batting averages in school history under Snyder, with a tops of .385 in 2007. In 2008, Snyder helped his hitters rank in the top 10 nationally in 5 offensive categories. During his four years at Keystone, the team won four straight North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships and churned out 32 all-conference players, had six players sign professional contracts, four conference players of the year, three pitchers of the year, two ECAC Championships and one All-American.
Snyder spent the 2008 and 2009 summers working as a hitting coach for the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Snyder started his playing career at Keystone College where he played two seasons and was named MVP in 2002. After receiving his Associate’s Degree from Keystone, he went on to LaSalle University where he would continue playing and earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. During his time at LaSalle, Snyder was voted as a two-year team captain while playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference.