UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The SUNYIT Athletics Department has appointed Jon Snyder as the new part-time assistant men’s basketball coach, effective immediately.
"Both as a great area player and coach, Jon has been an important part of the local basketball fabric,” said SUNYIT Athletics Director and head men’s basketball coach Kevin Grimmer. “With his high level of dedication and hard work he has developed a tremendous reputation in basketball in our area and is well-respected for what he has accomplished at Holland Patent. Jon will be a valuable representative of our Wildcat basketball program."
Snyder has been the head boys’ basketball coach for Holland Patent High School for the past six seasons, taking over the program in 2004 after the team was coming off a winless 0-20 campaign. He immediately turned the program around, finishing 11-10 in his first season before guiding the Golden Knights to their first-ever New York State Section III Championship in 2007 with the help of former player and current SUNYIT All-American David Golembiowski. Snyder was rewarded for his efforts, as he was crowned the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Section III High School Coach of the Year that same season.
This past season, Snyder led Holland Patent to a 9-12 record, including a first-round Section III tournament win over state-ranked South Jefferson before falling to eventual Class B state champion Westhill in the semifinals.
"Having the opportunity to become part of the recent SUNYIT basketball success is a great honor,” Snyder said. “With that, I'm excited for the opportunity to work with and learn from Coach Grimmer. Over the years, Kevin has graciously been a mentor to me and I thank him for the opportunity to now coach with him. Also, reuniting with my former Holland Patent player, Dave Golembiowski, is something I never thought possible. He's a great player and a fine young man, and I'm just so happy to be able to coach him once again."
Prior to joining Holland Patent, Snyder spent one season as the assistant men’s basketball coach at nearby Mohawk Valley Community College, where he was also a standout shooting guard for two seasons from 1998 to 2000. His playing career also included stops at both Oswego State (2000-01) and Potsdam State (2001-02), where he graduated from the latter with a degree in elementary education.
A graduate of West Canada Valley High School, Snyder currently resides in Newport, NY.