Bryan Snyder enters his seventh season as a coach for the Nebraska wrestling program and his fourth season as associate head coach in 2016-17. He served as an assistant coach on Head Coach Mark Manning’s staff for three years following one of the most decorated wrestling careers in school history.
In his first season at NU as a coach, Snyder played a key role in helping Jordan Burroughs win his second national championship with a perfect 36-0 record. Snyder also helped Burroughs win the 2011 74-kilogram freestyle World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, becoming the first U.S. wrestler to win a freestyle title since 2006. Additionally, Snyder helped Burroughs win the freestyle gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics as well as the 2013 and 2015 FILA World Championships. Burroughs will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
From 2011-12 to 2015-16, Snyder assisted in helping the Huskers rack up 12 All-America honors. James Green earned All-America accolades four times, while Robert Kokesh ended his career as a three-time All-American. Josh Ihnen earned All-America status in 2012. Two-time All-American TJ Dudley took runner-up honors in 2016 after finishing eighth in 2015. Green and Kokesh also collected the first two Big Ten titles in school history in 2014, and Kokesh added a second one in 2015.
The Easton, Pa., native spent the 2009-10 season as the head assistant coach at Arizona State and helped guide five Sun Devils to the NCAA Championships in Omaha. Snyder began his coaching experience as an assistant at Harvard in 2002-03, while returning to the Husker wrestling program as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons (2003-04 and 2004-05), as NU went 38-5-1 in duals and finished fifth at the 2004 NCAA Championships. He helped coach eight All-Americans at NU during that time.
Snyder graduated from Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and communication studies in 2002. He earned a Master of Arts in 2005 before earning a Ph.D. in 2012.
As a wrestler, Snyder ranks No. 1 on Nebraska’s all-time winning percentage chart (.925), compiling a 136-11 record from 1999 to 2002. One of 23 members of Nebraska’s 100-win club, he claimed All-America accolades and a Big 12 championship all four years, while finishing as the NCAA runner-up at 157 pounds in 2001 and 2002.
He amassed more than 30 wins in a season three times, including his 43-3 record as a sophomore that stands as the second-best single-season mark in school history. A four-time NWCA All-Academic selection, Snyder was named the 2002 Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year and was also a four-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection.
Prior to Nebraska, Snyder was a three-time state place-winner and a 1997 state champion at Easton (Pa.) High School. He finished with a 112-12 record and was one of the nation’s most highly regarded recruits.