WALLA WALLA, Wash. Ė Dean C. Snider, an associate professor of physical education and the winningest coach in the history of the Whitman College volleyball program, has been named Whitman athletics director, effective immediately.
Snider, 41, replaces Travis Feezell, who resigned in June 2005 to take the same position at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Snider had served as interim athletics director until his permanent appointment was announced last week.
In addition to his role as athletics director, Snider will serve as chair of Whitmanís Department of Sports Studies, Recreation and Athletics (SSRA). He will continue coaching the womenís volleyball team until the end of the fall season now underway, at which time he will vacate the coaching position and direct recruitment of a new coach.
The appointment of Snider as athletics director is "important not only for Dean and for SSRA but for the entire college," Whitman president George S. Bridges said. "Deanís knowledge of Whitman and NCAA Division III athletics, his understanding of varsity sports, his commitment to strengthening SSRA, and his patient, gracious demeanor are attributes that suit him well for this position."
Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn, the interim dean of faculty at Whitman, said he was "delighted" to make the announcement of Sniderís appointment. "Dean has performed ably in his role as interim athletics director over the course of the past year," Kaufman-Osborn said. "His agreement to assume this new position will serve Whitman College exceedingly well."
One of the primary directives facing his department, Snider said, is to "further integrate athletics Ė our varsity sports and physical education classes as well as our intramural and club sports Ė in the overall academic mission. Thatís a big task, one that is firmly rooted in the NCAA Division III philosophy. We need to do everything possible to make sure that athletics is a viable and valuable part of the college."
|Darlene and Dean Snider with their daughters Madison, Kennedy and Bailey|
Snider, a native of Winnipeg, Canada, came to Whitman in 1996 after four seasons as the womenís volleyball coach at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He quickly revived a Whitman volleyball program that had struggled for a number of years. Last fall, early in his 10th season at Whitman, Snider picked up his 200th coaching victory.
Snider earned his bachelorís degree in communications and history at Trinity Western University, a small private school in Langley, British Columbia. A four-year letterman on the menís volleyball team as an undergraduate, he later coached the menís team at Trinity Western for three seasons, leading his alma mater to a provincial title and fifth-place finish in the Canadian national championships.
While coaching at Western Washington, Snider completed a masterís degree in exercise science with a concentration in sports psychology.
Snider and spouse Darlene are the parents of three daughters Ė Madison 15, Kennedy 12, and Bailey 10. Darlene Snider teaches English as a Second Language classes at Walla Walla Community College.
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