W&L NAMES BRYAN SNYDER INTERIM WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Athletic Director Mike Walsh has announced that Washington and Lee head volleyball coach Bryan Snyder will serve as the interim women's basketball coach for the 2002-03 season. Snyder had served as the women's basketball assistant coach each of the past two seasons in addition to his volleyball coaching duties.

"We are very fortunate to have a coach of Bryan's caliber on our staff and willing to coach and direct the women's basketball program this year," said Walsh. "He is one of our most successful coaches and is very familiar with the women's basketball team. Because of the timing of this opening, we decided to suspend our current search and to reopen the search for a replacement at a later date. As an alumnus, Bryan has a deep affection for the University and our players are very pleased with his selection. They are looking forward to representing Washington and Lee under his coaching and leadership."

"I just want to maintain and build upon the recent successes the women's basketball program has had while a search continues to find a permanent head coach," said Snyder. I'm very excited about this opportunity to work with such a great group of young people and I feel that it will be a positive experience for everyone involved."

Snyder has guided the W&L volleyball program to a 50-15 (.769) overall record during his two years, winning the ODAC Championship and advancing to the NCAA South Region Semifinals last season with a 30-5 overall mark. He was named the ODAC and Virginia College Division Coach of the Year following the season.

"Coach Snyder is the perfect choice for the interim head coach of women's basketball," said senior guard Elizabeth Igo. "He is well respected as a coach and person by all the members of the team and is a great fit for the women's basketball program."

"I am thoroughly looking forward to working with Coach Snyder this season," senior center Austin Calhoun said. "In all situations, he has proven to be an energetic, passionate and intense coach, and working with him this season is an exciting and positive development."

A 1995 W&L graduate with a bachelor of science in mathematics and physics/engineering, Snyder served as the head volleyball coach and sports information director at St. Mary's (Md.) for two seasons before returning to his alma mater. His Seahawk volleyball squads posted a 41-25 mark during his two seasons.

A national search for a permanent head coach will resume near the completion of the 2002-03 season.

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