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Mike Snowden is a leader in the Strength & Conditioning field having experience working with athletes at every level. A military veteran who served on President Barack Obama's Helicopter Squadron staff, Snowden has spent the last decade helping others achieve their goals.


Prior to returning to his hometown of Frederick, MD in 2022 Snowden spent three years at the University of Alabama as the Director of Athletic Performance for the Men's Basketball program. For two years prior to arriving in Tuscaloosa Mike served as the Director of Sports Performance for Olympic Sports at the University at Buffalo. 



  • President of National Strength & Conditioning Association's Basketball Special Interest Group (SIG)

  • Committee Member for National Strength & Conditioning Association's Coaching Task Force

  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology • George Mason University

  • Master's Degree in Sport Leadership • VCU's Center for Sport Leadership

  • Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC)- (1 of 18 in Maryland)

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

  • Precision Nutrition Level I (Pn1) Coach

  • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Coach

  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

247 Sports

  • Mike Snowden Helping Change The Culture for Alabama Basketball- November 2019


  • Outside The Rack Episode #25- February 2020

  • Episode #168- “Building Experience to Direct With A Purpose”- January 2019

Frederick News Post 

  • Strong Suit: Linganore Grad Snowden Finds Niche as Alabama Men's Hoops Strength & Conditioning Coach- March 2021 


George Mason University 

  • Super Invested- March 2021

High Performance Basketball Symposium 

  • Leading Through A Different Lens- 2021

  • Basketball Strength Coaches Roundtable Member- 2020 


Liberty Performance Training 

  • Strength & Conditioning with Veteran Mike Snowden- November 2018


National Strength & Conditioning Association 

  • NSCA Coaching Podcast, Episode #113- December 2021

Samson Strength Coach Collective Podcast 

  • Samson Strength Coach Collective Podcast- Episode #15 - July 2020

  • Samson Strength Coach Collective Podcast- Episode #7 - June 2020



  • 3 Ways To Add Variety in Training Without Abandoning Your Principles- December 2019


Stack Sports

  • Distinguishing Sound Nutrition Advice From Social Media Fads- July 2023

  • Hydration Strategies for Athletes Looking to Boost Performance- July 2023

  • Strength Training to Reduce Shin Splints- July 2023 

  • No Fluff Agility Training for Volleyball- July 2023

  • Benefits of Uneven Barbell Loading- February 2023

  • 5 Exercises Every Lacrosse Player Should Do- February 2023

  • Medicine-Ball Moves to Boost Athletic Performance for Basketball- January 2023

  • Pros & Cons of Different Footwear Styles When It Comes to Training for Performance- January 2023

  • The Romanian Deadlift (RDL) for Sports Performance- December 2022

  • Should You Be Training Barefoot?- December 2022

  • Cold Weather Training Tips- December 2022

  • 4 Exercises to Improve Hip Mobility- December 2022

  • A Guide to Using Percussion Training Devices- November 2022

  • Using Contrast Showers to Boost Performance- November 2022

  • Deadbugs: A Better Way to Train Your Core- November 2022

  • 5 Ways to Get Better Sleep- November 2022

  • Battle Rope Training for Athletes- November 2022

  • Get A Leg Up On Your Recovery: Use This Pose To Boost Recovery- October 2022

  • Upside Down: Inversion Training for Athletes- October 2022

  • A 10-piece Warm Down Routine for Athletes- October 2022

  • The Single Arm Landmine Press- October 2022

  • A Multi-Layered Progression to The Kettlebell Swing For Athletes- October 2022

  • Tips to Reduce Muscle Soreness- September 2022

  • Warm-Ups for Athletes: 0 to 60 Can Lead to Injury- September 2022

  • A Multi-Layered Progression to The Kettlebell Swing For Athletes- September 2022

  • 3 Methods to Help Athletes Improve Recovery- August 2022

  • 5 Must Do’s To Get Stronger for High School Athletes- August 2022

  • Basketball Med Ball Tempo Training- March 2021

  • 5 Exercises Every High School Athlete Should Be Doing Year Round- March 2021

  • Strength Training For Rebounding in Basketball- January 2021


  • 2023: Adjunct Professor • Frederick Community College 

  • 2022-2023: Tactical Performance Program Manager

  • 2019-2022: Director of Men's Basketball Athletic Performance • University of Alabama

  • 2017-2019: Director of Sports Performance • University at Buffalo

  • 2016-2017: Assistant Strength Coach • George Mason University

  • 2015: Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant • VCU Men's Basketball 

  • 2014–2015: Volunteer Strength Coach • University of Maryland Football 

  • 2013-2014: Volunteer Strength Coach • George Mason University 

  • 2009-2012- Marine One • Quantico, VA

  • 2005-2009- USS George Washington  • Norfolk, VA + Yokosuka, Japan




As a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Ryan is well-versed in the science and art of optimizing human performance.

As a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Mount St. Mary's University, Ryan has experience overseeing performance programs for various sports, including Baseball, Men's & Women's Tennis, and Bowling, while also lending his expertise to the Men's Basketball program. 

Ryan’s multifaceted background sets him apart from many coaches. Before embarking on his career as a Strength & Conditioning Coach, Ryan earned his Respiratory Therapist license, showcasing his dedication to healthcare and well-being. In his spare time, he continues to work in the field by practicing at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Ryan developed a passion for athletic development as a College Baseball player. He made waves at Frederick Community College, where he won two conference championships and even made a World Series appearance. His baseball career later took him to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he played a key role in one of the most remarkable program turnarounds in Division 2 history.

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