Valencia High School
Jared Snyder, 1998-present, is the head coach of the Valencia High School baseball program.
, a Nichols State alumnus (1993), has built Valencia into one of the perennial powers in Southern California.
has taken probably one of the worst facilities in California and turned it into one of the top in the nation.
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
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.
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.
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.
and his wife Kim have two children Brooks Wesley and Addison Lane.