Head Coach John Snell

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Baldwin Wallace University graduate John Snell '87 enters his 11th season as the head coach of the Yellow Jackets in the fall of 2012.  Snell led the Yellow Jacket football program back to the NCAA Division III National Playoffs in 2003, and his goal is to have BW in the playoffs every year.

"We will work hard to help keep the BW program one of the best in Division III," said Snell, who has an outstanding 64-38 career record.  "Our goal is to win the OAC title and win the NCAA Division III national title.  Both our players and coaching staff are dedicated and committed to making it happen.

"I have a responsibility to keep strong the tradition of excellence of our football program," said Snell. "We are all committed to continuing that tradition of excellence and look forward to the challenges ahead."

Snell finished his 16th season at his alma mater in 2011. He had previously served as an assistant coach in charge of quarterbacks and recruiting and was the Yellow Jacket offensive coordinator for five years. In the spring of 2001, Snell was elevated to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

Snell was hand-picked to take over the Yellow Jacket program by former Head Coach and 1965 BW graduate Bob Packard. Packard, who ended his career as the winningest coach in BW history, learned his trade from College Football Hall of Famer Lee Tressel.

In his first season as the head coach of the Yellow Jackets, Snell led his team to an impressive 8-2 overall record and a ranking both in the North Region and national Division III polls. For his efforts, he was selected as the OAC Co-Coach of the Year by his peers.

In the Fall of 2003, Snell's program went two steps further. He led the Yellow Jackets to a 10-2 overall record and his team received BW's first NCAA Division III Playoff berth since 1991 and won its first playoff game since 1978.  In 2006, BW had a fine, 7-3 record and Snell earned his second OAC Co-Coach of the Year honor.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Snell coached at the University of Rochester (1987-88 and again from 1992-94), at Rutgers University (1988-90) and the University of Buffalo (1990-92). Snell is a native of Albion, New York and graduated from Albion High School in 1983.

Snell and his wife, Shelly, reside in Strongsville and have three children.

This page was last updated on November 28, 2011.
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