Steve Snell joined the Green Wave coaching staff two years ago and has assisted in all aspects of the program since his arrival. A native of Radford, Va., he had served as an assistant coach at Marshall University for five seasons under coach Greg White prior to coming to Tulane.
In his five years at Marshall, Snell helped the Herd to an 86-54 (.614) record. In that time, he played a vital role in recruiting such standout players as Tamar Slay, J.R. VanHoose, Travis Young, Joda Burgess and Cornelius Jackson. The Herd's 1998 recruiting class was ranked by ESPN as the best in the Mid-American Conference. Slay was selected in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets and is preparing for his second season with the Eastern Conference Champions.
"Steve has been a great addition to our staff here at Tulane," head coach Shawn Finney said. "He is a proven recruiter who made an impact on our program the day he arrived. His knowledge of the game is an asset to our players in their development on the court as well."
Prior to his move to Marshall, Snell spent three years as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University. He served the 1992-93 campaign at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He also spent two years at Wingate College and one season at Radford University. Before that, Snell coached basketball at Radford High School during the 1989-90 campaign.
"Tulane's outstanding academics and national name combined with the high level of basketball in Conference USA make this a great school to be at," Snell said. "We have a great group of kids this season and I am excited to see how we come together on the court."
Snell earned a B.S. degree in recreation and leisure studies from Radford University in 1988. He is married to the former Ann Barnitz; the couple has a son, Jaden Anthony, born Nov. 14, 2002.