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Now-ex Valencia baseball coach Jared Snyder, seen in blue shirt at right, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, to charges that he embezzled $10,000 to $15,000 from the school and the team's booster club. (April 15, 2011 file photo by Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)
Jared Scott Snyder, 44, was charged with one count each of misappropriation, embezzlement by a public officer and embezzlement by a private officer, along with four counts of grand theft, according to the District Attorneys Office. According to prosecutors, Snyder allegedly submitted phony reimbursement forms to the high school, and used a parent-funded booster club account to pay for his personal credit card expenses, between April 2008 and February 2014. Sheriffs officials said parents complained about alleged financial irregularities in 2013, and an audit was conducted by the William S. Hart Unified School District. According to the Sheriffs Department, Snyder received $8,000 in fraudulent cash reimbursements and spent roughly $7,000 in Valencia Diamond Club funds on his personal credit card expenses. Snyder, who is free on his own recognizance, is due back in court March 6. If convicted, he faces up to six years and eight months in prison, prosecutors said.
"Both pitchers were solid out there today," said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder.
"We ended up just giving it away," Snyder said.
Valencia High School Jared Snyder, 1998-present, is the head coach of the Valencia High School baseball program. Snyder, a Nichols State alumnus (1993), has built Valencia into one of the perennial powers in Southern California. He has taken probably one of the worst facilities in California and turned it into one of the top in the nation. Under his guidance, Valencia has won Foothill League Titles (02, 03, 04, 06, 07 , 09, 10, 11) 2002 was the schools first baseball title. In 2003 his team reached the CIF Semifinals for the first time in school history and finished the season as the 14th ranked team in the State of California. In 2006 the Vikings set records for both Wins Overall (25) and League Wins (14), Fielding % (.979%), ERA (1.96) and won at one point 15 games in a row. A native of Southern California, Snyder grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and attended Saugus High School. Coach Snyder was a 3 sport athlete at Saugus playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball all 4 years in high school. While at Saugus, Snyder earned All Golden League honors in both Football (Quarterback)and Baseball (Catcher). In 1988 Snyder was selected to the Bernie Milligan All-Star Game, named the Santa Clarita Valley's Athlete of the Year, and was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 49th Round of the June Free Agent Draft. Coach Snyder began his collegiate career at Cal Poly SLO, where he was on the Div. II National Championship team in 1989. While at Cal Poly he earned All CCAA 1st Team Honors in 1991 along with 1st Team All Western Regional and 1st Team All Western Region. In 1992 he was selected to Collegiate Baseball's Pre-Season All-American team before transferring to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. At Nicholls State Coach Snyder led his team to the 1992 Mid East Regional with a 36-18 record and earned 2nd Team All Southland Conference. This was only the 2nd time Nicholls had ever reached a Div. I Regional. In 1993 Snyder earned 1st Team All Southland Conference, 1st Team All Louisiana, 2nd Team All Southern Region, and won the Ray E. Didier award given to the top student athlete at the University. In June he was drafted in the 35th round by the Chicago Cubs. Snyder spent the better part of 4 seasons in the Cubs farm system. Snyder's coaching career, began at Nicholls State under the legendary Mike Knight, where he served as the catching and assistant pitching coach in 1993-1994 in the Fall/Winter. In 1995 he became the catching and hitting instructor at The Master's College under Jack Mutz in the Fall/Winter. Snyder in 96 then became the Assistant Head Coach at Hart High School leading Hart to a Foothill League Title and a CIF Quarterfinal appearance. In 1998 Snyder accepted the Head Coaching position at Valencia High. Snyder and his wife Kim have two children Brooks Wesley and Addison Lane.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a seven-count felony complaint was filed Thursday against former Valencia High School varsity baseball coach Jared Snyder.
Deputies explained the complaint accused Snyder of misappropriation of public funds by a public officer, embezzlement by a public officer and grand theft by embezzlement. In late 2013, parents from Valencia High School accused Snyder of committing financial wrongdoing. These allegations prompted the William S. Hart School District to conduct an audit of the school baseball program to determine if there was evidence of misconduct by staff members. The audit revealed substantial evidence that suggested Snyder had been misappropriating funds from the high school's associated student body by submitting fraudulent reimbursements, authorities explained. In March 2014, the LASD's Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau began a 10 month investigation based on the results of the school district's audit. During this time, Snyder subsequently took a sudden, surprise leave of absence amongst speculation in the investigation. Detectives learned that Snyder had opened a second bank account in the name of Valencia Diamond Club, without notifying the district. Money deposited into this account reportedly came from fundraisers and donations intended for the Valencia High School baseball program. According to deputies, Snyder is accused of making monthly payments to his personal credit cards from this bank account for charges that were unrelated to the school's baseball program. The audit also revealed that Snyder sought reimbursement for items previously reimbursed by the school's student body. In total, $8,000 in fraudulent cash reimbursements were allegedly embezzled by Snyder from the ASB.