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.