Vice President for Athletics and Facilities ManagementKy Snyder was promoted to Vice President for Athletics and Facilities Management on February 27, 2015. He began the 2014-15 academic year as Associate Vice President for Athletics and Facilities Management. Snyder returned to USD in December 2003 when he was named Executive Director of Athletics. His first employment with USD came during 1990-1996 when he held the title of Director of Athletic Development.
In his new role of directing the Facilities Management department, Snyder oversees a diverse division that includes Building Maintenance, Environmental and Health Safety, Grounds Maintenance, Planning Design and Construction, and Transportation. With approximately 150+ full-time employees, the department's mission is to efficiently operate, maintain, and support the development of quality facilities, grounds, and services, and at the same time to support the campus community, students, faculty, and staff.
With Athletics, Snyder 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 is a former member of the NCAA Leadership Council, Olympic Liaison Committee, Division I Football Rules Committee, Chair of the WCC Executive Committee. He currently serves on the West Coast Conference Strategic Long Range Planning Cabinet, and is an Ex-Officio Board member of the San Diego Hall of Champions. He was on the Board 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.
Since Snyder's official start date of February 9, 2004, USD teams have won thirty conference championships and advanced to the post-season fifty-eight times. For the first time in school history, all four 2014 fall teams (football, women's volleyball, women's soccer, men's soccer) advanced to the NCAA Postseason. From 2008-2012 the USD athletics program won an unprecedented five straight West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cups. The conference trophy goes to the school with the top performing athletics program in the ten-team West Coast Conference. During the 2012-13 school year, USD hosted the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer College Cup (Final Four) and opened its doors to a brand new state-of-the-art baseball ballpark, Fowler Park and Cunningham Field. At the 2010 NACDA Annual Convention, Snyder was the recipient of the 2009-10 FCS West Region Under Armour AD of the Year award.
Prior to returning to USD in 2004, Snyder was President of the San Diego International Sports Council. 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. During his first stint 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.
Snyder played football at San Diego State University. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Master's in Hospitality and Tourism Management from San Diego State University, and has studied in the Master's Leadership Program at the University of San Diego. Additionally, 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 32 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, who reside in Poway, have three children - son Riley (senior at USD), and daughters Sydney and Cammy.