Michigan associate head soccer coach Paul Snape gets top job at Butler
Paul Snape, the associate head coach of the Michigan men's soccer team, was named the head coach at Butler University today.
Snape has been part of coach Steve Burns' staff for eight seasons, the last two as associate head coach. The Wolverines won their first Big Ten Tournament title and advanced to the College Cup, soccer's version of the Final Four, for the first time last season.
"Paul Snape has been a star for us at Michigan," Burns said in a Michigan press release. "He is a top recruiter with a great eye for talent, he connects with people on a very human level, and he is a tireless worker that helped raise the level of our program over the last eight seasons."
Snape, 35, succeeds Kelly Findley, who took the head coaching job at North Carolina State after leading Butler to a 16-1-3 season.
“We’re excited to have Paul join our staff,” Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in a release. “He’s been part of a very successful program at Michigan, and he’s had an instrumental role in developing Michigan’s talent.
"We’ve had tremendous success in our men’s soccer program, and we feel that Paul is the right person to keep us moving forward.”
Butler was one of two unbeaten teams in the nation entering postseason play. Ranked as high as No. 5 during the season, the Bulldogs won the Horizon League's regular season and tournament titles.
Ten members of Butler's 28-player roster were seniors.