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Mike Snavely Takes Reins of DePauw Football Program

Mike Snavely Takes Reins of DePauw Football Program

September 1, 1947

1947 Mike Snavely.jpgSeptember 1, 1947, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University's new head football coach, Edwin "Mike" Snavely, reported for duty today. Snavely is the former head coach at the State Teachers College at East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. At DePauw, he will also serve as assistant professor of physical education for men.

A 1934 graduate of the University of Illinois, Snavely played for three years on Illinois' varsity football team as a teammate of Ray Eliot, now head coach of the Illini grid program. He received his master's degree in 1938 from Columbia University Teachers College.

After three years as a coach in Illinois high schools,DePauw Pennant.jpg Snavely served two years as director of athletics and physical education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. In 1939 he became head football coach at East Stroudsburg, where he is credited with building strong teams. The college had gone 2-5 the season before Snavely's arrival. The team closed its second year under his leadership with a 6-2 record, and was 6-1 the following season.

Coach Snavely will be assisted by Hal Hickman and L.C. Buchheit.

DePauw opens its 1947 football season September 27 in Appleton, Wisconsin, versus Lawrence.