Name: Mark Snyder
1988 - Grad Assistant - Marshall University
1991-1993- Linebackers - Youngstown State
1994 - 1996 - Defensive Coordinator, Secondary Coach - Youngstown State
1997-2000 - Defensive Coordinator - Minnesota
2001 - 2004 - Defensive Coordinator - Ohio State
2005 - 2009 - Head Coach - Marshall University
1985-1988 - Safety - Marshall University
As a member of Jim Tressel's staff at Youngstown State, Snyder helped coach a defense that won 3 consecutive 1-AA national championships (1991-1993). Snyder was promoted to DC and eventually left Youngstown State to become defensive coordinator at Minnesota. During his time with Golden Gophers, the team twice broke the school record for sacks and average over 40 a year during that time. Tressel brought Snyder back onto his staff at Ohio State in 2001. Snyder's defenses helped Ohio State win back to back Fiesta Bowls and claim the 2002 National Championship. Snyder returned to his alma mater in 2005, taking over at Marshall. The team compiled a 16-31 record during Snyder's tenure. He resigned following the end of the 2009 season, despite Marshall reaching bowl eligibility for the first time since he took over.
Why he may be a good fit:
Snyder has experience leading defenses to national championships at multiple levels. After resigning at Marshall, he is currently available and after an unsuccessful stint as a head coach, may be ready to return to being a coordinator. As the picture above shows, he also has a reputation as a fiery guy, something former DC Brian Van Gorder was known for and something people often felt Martinez lacked.