The move reunites Snyder and Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio, who coached together at Ohio State from 2001-03 as the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator, respectively. Snyder then succeeded Dantonio as the Buckeyes’ defensive coordinator for a season when Dantonio left to become head coach at Cincinnati.
Snyder, 50, is expected to coach the front end of Michigan State’s defense in some capacity and be involved with special teams. He fills the vacancy the Spartans had when former defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi left last month to become head coach at Pittsburgh.
Snyder was fired at Texas A&M in November after three seasons overseeing the Aggies’ defense. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Louisiana Tech from 2010-11 and head coach at his alma mater, Marshall, where he had a 22-37 record in five seasons.
Snyder’s stint at Ohio State under then-Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel came after he coached defensive ends for four seasons at Minnesota. Snyder was an assistant in several capacities under Tressel at Youngstown State from 1991-96.
Snyder coached linebackers at Central Florida in 1990, a year after serving as a graduate assistant at the school. The South Point, Ohio, native played safety at Marshall.