In January of 2013, Chris Snyder returned to Mendocino College to serve as the Head Football Coach. The 2013 season will mark his first full season as the Head Football Coach for Mendocino College.
The Mendocino Football Program will stress the importance of our student-athletes excelling Scholastically, Socially and Athletically.
"It is our responsibility as a football program and college to prepare our student-athletes to transfer to four-year institutions," Coach Snyder said.
Prior to his return, Coach Snyder served as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator at Kansas Wesleyan University (2009-2012).
Before Kansas Wesleyan University, Coach Snyder served as the Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator at Mendocino College (2004-2009). During that six year span, Mendocino College won three Conference Championships while having an 80% success rate on sophomores earning a scholarship.
After graduating from Doane College, Coach Snyder spent four seasons as the quarterbacks coach and junior varsity offensive coordinator (2000-2003).
As a student-athlete, Coach Snyder attended Doane College (1995-1999) and played quarterback for the football team. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications and Sociology (1999). Coach Snyder holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska (2006). After playing at Doane College, Coach Snyder played and coached one season for the Baden Bruins in Vienna, Austria.
Coach Snyder is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Coach Snyder and his wife Michelle, have two daughters, Tessa (6) and Tae (1).
Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Special Teams Coordinator
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Coach Espy is entering his second season on staff with Mendocino College. Coach Espy comes to Mendocino College from Ouachita Baptist University where he served as a Defensive Assistant for three seasons.
An Alum of the Mendocino College Football program, Coach Espy was apart of the 2005 Bay-Valley Conference Championship team. Coach Espy was awarded All-Conference as well as MVP for Defense in 2005 at Mendocino College. Coach Espy then went on to play two seasons at Ouachita Baptist University, where he continued to be a stand-out player.
Coach Espy is a member of the American Football Coaches Association.
Coach Padilla is an alum of the 2007 Mendocino College Bay Valley Conference Championship Team. Coach Padilla started 11 games in 2007 on one of the highest ranked offenses in the State of California. Following the 2007 season he was selected to the All-Conference team. Coach Padilla was also selected as an Academic All-American and Mendocino College Student-Athlete of the Year. Coach Padilla decided to transfer to UCLA where he earned his degree in Applied Mathematics.
Coach Padilla currently is a Math instructor for Mendocino College.
Coach Espy is in his second season on the Mendocino Football staff. An Alum of the program, Tyrell played two seasons (1995-97) as a linebacker before transferring to the University of Redlands. Coach Espy was an Academic All-American in 1997. Prior to joining the Mendocino Staff, Coach Espy was an assistant football coach in San Francisco.
Coach Veenstra returns to coach at Mendocino College after coaching at Kelseyville High School (CA) for two years as the defensive coordinator. Pior to Kelseyville, Veenstra coached linebackers at Mendocino College.
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Naoto Horiguchi (athletic trainer certified) has been working for Mendocino College since Fall semester 2002. He graduated from Osaka Industrial University with a B.A. in Economics, and later graduated from CSU Chico with M.A. in Physical Education. He resides in Ukiah with his wife, Jaclyn, who is an assistant coach for Mendocino College Women's Basketball, and their daughter, Lucy and son Keiji.