Longtime college head coach Bruce Snyder was introduced as the newest member of UNLV's football staff on Jan. 13, 2003.
After one season, the former national coach of the year, who led teams to six bowl games and compiled a record of 126-106-5 at three schools, was named offensive coordinator.
"I have known Bruce Snyder for a majority of my life and I have great admiration for his coaching abilities," head coach John Robinson said. "He has had a highly successful career as a head coach and I think he will bring an organized style to our offense that is extremely efficient. He will also add a toughness that will benefit our team greatly."
Snyder and Robinson have a long relationship, which includes working on the same coaching staff at Oregon as well as at USC and the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.
Snyder returned to the field after having spent the previous two seasons adding his analysis to college football radio broadcasts, including all 12 Rebel games in 2002. In 2001, he voiced national broadcasts from games across the country. While sending no less than 90 players to the NFL, Snyder spent 14 years as a head coach in the Pacific-10 Conference. He led the University of California program from 1987-1991 before being lured to the desert to lead Arizona State from 1992-2000.
The 1996 winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award was the consensus national coach of the year after leading the Sun Devils to an 11-1 record and Rose Bowl appearance in a season that ended just a few plays short of a national championship. During his tenure, ASU also made trips to the Sun Bowl after the 1997 season and two consecutive trips to the Aloha Bowl in 1999-2000.
Snyder had also turned Cal's program around, earning Pac-10 coach of the year in 1990 en route to a Copper Bowl victory over Wyoming, which was the school's first postseason victory since 1938. His 1991 Golden Bears posted a 10-2 record that included a win over ACC champ Clemson in the Citrus Bowl. From 1976-82, he was head coach at Utah State, compiling a 39-37-1 record at the former UNLV rival, including being named PCAA Coach of the Year in 1978.
Widely respected in his profession, Snyder served as head coach of the South squad in the 1998 Hula Bowl and led the West team in the 2000 East-West Shrine Game.
Born March 14, 1940, in Santa Monica, Calif., Snyder graduated from Elmonte High School before going on to the University of Oregon. A 1963 graduate of the school, he twice lettered in football for the Ducks, including starting both ways as a linebacker and fullback for the 1960 squad that earned a trip to the Liberty Bowl.
Snyder and his wife, Linda, have three children: Jennifer, Tracy and Paige, who served as the Rebels' radio sideline reporter for the 2003 season.