James Snyder is in his first season with the Florida State cross country and track & field program, serving as the Operations Assistant. Among his many duties, Snyder is responsible for managing the equipment budget, planning team travel, assisting with home meet management, coordinating on-campus recruiting, as well as assisting coach Bob Braman with the day to day administration of the Seminole men's distance program.
Prior to his summer 2012 arrival in Tallahassee, Snyder spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Appalachian State University, where he assisted coach Mike Curcio with both the men's and women's distance programs. The Mountaineers enjoyed wide-ranging success both in cross country and on the track, with both the men and women establishing numerous school records, NCAA East Preliminary qualifying marks and Southern Conference championships and honors.
Snyder is a USA Track & Field Level I and II (Endurance) coach and last summer was selected by USATF to participate in the inaugural Coaches Mentorship Program held in conjunction with the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials. A firm believer in the importance of resistance training for distance runners, he is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has received the distinction of Sport Performance Coach from USA Weightlifting.
Born and raised in Downingtown, Pa., Snyder is a magna cum laude graduate in Exercise Science from George Mason University, where he was a multiple letter-winner for the cross country and track & field programs. In 2012 he completed a master's degree in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning Concentration) from Appalachian State University.
An active researcher of sport science and distance runner performance, he has presented his work before the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Snyder has also had his work published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, as well as the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.
As a student he completed an internship with the United States Olympic Committee in Lake Placid, New York and also spent three summers working for ZAP Fitness, a Team USA Distance Running Training Center in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.