Roy Snyder to wrap up 50th season with Wilson at Pennsylvania high school state champs

The Pennysylvania high school state championships kick off this week, and while we’ll certainly have coverage of the meet itself, here’s one fun storyline worth noting at the outset: Wilson High School coach Roy Snyder will conclude his 50th season with the program this week, a coaching run that has included at least one state qualifier every single one of those 50 seasons.

Snyder started with the Wilson program back in 1964, coaching for 20 years before adding duties as the school’s athletic director to his plate. In 2002 he retired as AD but continued coaching the boys swimming program and won his 500th career dual meet just over a year ago.

This week, Wilson will be represented at the PIAA Class AAA Championships by a 200 free relay and two divers, extending an amazing streak for Snyder: in each of his 50 seasons, he has qualified at least one athlete for the state tournament.

In addition, according to the Wilson aquatics website, Snyder has led the Bulldogs to four state championships, 15 district championships, 27 league championships and 15 individual event state champions, and we’re told his current win-loss record stands at  509-113-1. That’s a win percentage of .817.

Wilson has had an odd season in that the team was displaced from its usual training home (aptly named the Roy G. Snyder Natatorium) as it undergoes renovations. Snyder’s Wilson team will move into their new home as early as June, when renovations are scheduled to be completed.

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Kevin O'Shea
7 years ago

Truly a class act! Congratulations, Coach.

Joan sillhart
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7 years ago

An awesome coach!! He truly cares about the athlete as a whole. He believes in all his athletes and pushes them to believe in themselves. He unites a team enabling them to succeed as one! Simply amazing!!

Julie Straub
7 years ago

Both my children had the opportunity to be coached by Mr. Snyder. As I told my children when they were younger, he has the magic touch when it comes to coaching swimming. I am thankful that I could coach with him, too.

Tom Tracey
7 years ago

Thanks Swim Swam for recognizing Coach Snyder’s incredible accomplishment!

Susan K. Moyer
7 years ago

Great man, great swimming program…Congratulations Coach Snyder on 50 amazing, successful years.

Dan Young
7 years ago

The classiest coach my boys have ever encountered! He truly shows a love for the sport and the young men he is coaching. Thank you coach Snyder!!

Malissa Young
7 years ago

I am so happy both my boys have been able to partake of the Coach Snyder experience. Truly a great coach not just for the sport of swimming but in life! Thanks Coach- you are loved by many!

Todd Bingaman
7 years ago

What an amazing Legacy ! Congratulations Coach Snyder!!

nancee wenzel
7 years ago

An incredible man, so honored and blessed to be coached by Roy Snyder.

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