Executive Director of Athletics
Ky Snyder was named Executive Director of Athletics at the University of San Diego on December 10th, 2003. Dr. Mary E. Lyons, USD President, introduced Snyder who returned to USD where he was Director of Athletic Development from 1990 to 1996. He came back to USD from the San Diego International Sports Council where he held the position of President.
With the San Diego International Sports Council, Snyder's primary responsibility was to promote San Diego/Tijuana as the preferred region for sporting events and activities that benefit the community both economically and socially. Accomplishments of the Sports Council bid efforts during Snyder's tenure included securing San Diego the 1997 and 1998 ESPN Summer X Games, the Suzuki Rock & Roll Marathon, the 1999 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, the Bank of America/U.S. Olympic Cup, NCAA Division I Men's Basketball First & Second Round (2001) contests, the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships (2001) and Super Bowl XXXVII.
In the spring of 2001, Snyder was named the President of the San Diego Super Bowl XXXVII Host Committee. He still serves as President of the San Diego Super Bowl Task Force. Snyder was also the Executive Director of the San Diego International Sports Foundation. Prior to joining the SDISC, Snyder was the Director of Athletic Development at the University of San Diego for six years. At USD he was responsible for establishing the Torero Athletic Association, fund-raising efforts for athletics, managing athletic special events and generating corporate sponsorship of athletics.
At USD he oversees an athletic department with seventeen NCAA Division I intercollegiate teams and over 450 student-athletes. He is responsible for all administrative, management and supervisory aspects of the Department of Athletics. Additionally, he oversees the strategic long-range planning and monitoring of budgets, personnel, programs, facilities, fundraising, promotions and marketing, and public relations for an NCAA Division I program consisting of eight sports for men and nine sports for women.
He serves on the NCAA Leadership Council, Olympic Liaison Committee, is a former member of the NCAA Division I Football Rules Committee, Chair of the WCC Executive Committee, the West Coast Conference Strategic Long Range Planning Cabinet, USD's Center for Inclusion and Diversity, and is an Ex-Officio Board member of the San Diego Sports Commission. He is on the Board of Director's of the San Diego Chapter of JDRF and held the position of Corporate Chair of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes for two years. He was honored as a 2010 Volunteer of the Year by Combined Health Agencies (CHAD) for his outstanding volunteer work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
From 2008-2012 the USD athletics program won an unprecedented five straight WCC Commissioner's Cups. The conference trophy goes to the school with the top performing athletics program in the eight-team West Coast Conference. This past 2012-13 school year the Toreros hosted the women's soccer College Cup and opened its doors to a brand new state-of-the-art baseball ballpark, Fowler Park and Cunningham Field. Over the past six school years the Toreros have won sixteen WCC championships and had thirty teams advance to NCAA post-season play. At the 2010 NACDA Annual Convention, Snyder was the recipient of the 2009-10 FCS West Region Under Armour AD of the Year award.
Snyder played football at San Diego State University. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from San Diego State University and has studied in the Master's Leadership Program at the University of San Diego. Snyder is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute of Educational Management.
Snyder, who has been a San Diego resident for 31 years, has a very athletic family. His wife, Sue, was a former standout member of the United States women's national volleyball team who played at San Diego State and also coached the Aztecs and University of San Diego's women's volleyball teams. In addition, Snyder's father, Lester, held the position as President of the United States Tennis Association.
The Snyder's reside in Poway with their son Riley (junior at USD), and daughters Sydney and Cammy.