LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike Walsh has announced the appointment of Bryan Snyder as head women's volleyball coach and assistant women's basketball coach. Snyder will begin his duties in mid-July.

Snyder comes to W&L from St. Mary's College of Maryland where he had served as head volleyball coach and sports information director since January of 1998.

"It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Bryan Snyder as our women's volleyball coach and assistant women's basketball coach," Walsh said. "We welcome Bryan back to Lexington where he made a very positive impression as an undergraduate student. He has established himself as a top-rate coach at St. Mary's. We expect that Bryan will help us maintain the level of excellence in our women's volleyball program."

Snyder compiled a 41-25 overall record at St. Mary's, leading the Seahawks to third place finishes in the Capital Athletic Conference both of his seasons as head coach. His teams won American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Awards in 1998 and 1999, while his 1998 squad earned a No. 7 ranking in the South Region, the school's highest-ever volleyball ranking.

Snyder's 1999 squad posted a 21-14 overall record and defeated Franklin & Marshall, who was ranked 20th in Division III at the time.

In his role as sports information director, Snyder was responsible for promotion of St. Mary's 13-sport, Division III athletic program.

"I'm real excited to be back at W&L and in particular to work with the volleyball team," said Snyder. "The program has been very successful over the past five years and I'm just hoping to continue with that success and take the program to the next level."

Snyder graduated from W&L in 1995 with a dual-major in physics/engineering and mathematics. The Dubois, Pa., native served as a student assistant volleyball coach and sports information assistant during his undergraduate days in Lexington.

Following his graduation, Snyder assumed the role of assistant sports information director at W&L from August of 1998 until his arrival at St. Mary's.

Snyder is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the College Sports Information Directors of America.

W&L's volleyball team finished the 1999 season with a 22-7 overall record, won its third straight ODAC Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Generals return 12-of-13 letterwinners to the fold for the 2000 season.