NJCU Names New Men’s Soccer Coach

JERSEY CITY — Patrick Snyder, the former head coach at Division II Felician College and Mercer County Community College, has been named the 13th head coach in the 54-year history of the New Jersey City University men’s soccer program.

“We are excited to announce Patrick Snyder as our new men’s soccer coach,” said Alice De Fazio, Director of Athletics. “His wealth of experience will serve us well, and I am confident the program will thrive under his leadership.”

Snyder, the current head coach for U17 Boys for the New Jersey Olympic Development Program (ODP), served as head coach at Mercer County College during the 2011 season and guided the perennially successful program to an 11-7-1 record and to a berth in the NJCAA Region XIX championship game, before falling 3-2 in the finals.

He served as first assistant/goalkeeper coach under Coach Larry Povia during the fall 2010 season when the Vikings won the Region 19 title and finished 15th nationally.

“I want to thank Mrs. DeFazio and Mr. [Ken] Heaton for the opportunity to lead this program,” said Snyder. “We are going to work hard to excel on the field and in the classroom. Our goal will be to play in a manner that the fans of NJCU will appreciate and we will carry ourselves in a manner that will make the NJCU Community proud to call us their own.”

Snyder also currently works for the Player Development Academy (PDA) and is a staff coach for the Mooch Myernick Foundation based out of Trenton, which works with local, underprivileged kids.

Snyder, 34, resides in Chesterfield with his wife, Michele, and their two young sons.

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