Arizona State Mourns Death of Coach Snyder

Brent FarleyContributor IJune 4, 2009

1 Jan 1997:  Head coach Bruce Snyder of Arizona State University leads his team out onto the field during the Sun Devils 20-17 loss to Ohio State in the 1997 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

The Arizona State Sun Devils are mourning the loss of their former football coach, Bruce Snyder, who died in his Phoenix home after battling cancer for the past ten months.

Snyder was the head football coach for ASU from 1992 to 2000, which included the best season in 1996, when they went 11-0. They lost to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl at the last-minute, 20 to 17.

Coach Snyder found success with ASU star quarterback Jake "the snake" Plummer and linebacker Pat Tillman. Both Plummer and Tillman went on to the NFL, where they played for the Arizona Cardinals. Tillman gave up his successful NFL career to join the Army Rangers. In 2004, Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

Coach Snyders career included coaching at Utah State from 1976-82 and California from 1987-91. His overall record was 126-105-5. At Arizona State, Snyder was 58-47, second only to Frank Kush for victories with the Sun Devils.

Coach Snyder is survived by his wife, three daughters, a son-in-law, two grandchildren, four sisters, two brothers and his dog Ella.

A private memorial service is planned.