June 4, 2007
Air Force men's basketball coach Jeff Reynolds completed his coaching staff today by announcing that Steve Snell and Kevin Carroll will join the Falcon program as assistant coaches. Snell served as an assistant coach at Louisiana-Monroe for the past two seasons, while Carroll was an assistant at Division II Alabama-Huntsville last season. Both coaches will begin their duties immediately.
A 17-year coaching veteran, Snell helped the Warhawks to the co-championship of the Sun Belt's West Division in 2006-07 with an 18-14 record, including a perfect 14-0 mark at home. Prior to coaching at ULM, Snell was at Tulane University, where he and Reynolds served as assistant coaches. During his four-year tenure with the Green Wave, Snell assisted in all aspects of the program.
A native of Radford, Va., he served as an assistant coach at Marshall University for five seasons under head coach Greg White prior to his tenure at Tulane.
In his five years at Marshall, Snell helped the Herd to an 86-54 (.614) record. In that time, he played a vital role in recruiting such standout players as Tamar Slay, J.R. VanHoose, Travis Young, Joda Burgess and Cornelius Jackson. The Herd's 1998 recruiting class was ranked by ESPN as the best in the Mid-American Conference. Slay was selected in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets.
Prior to his move to Marshall, Snell spent three years as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University. He served the 1992-93 campaign at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and also spent two years at Wingate College and one season at Radford University. Before that, Snell was an assistant coach at Radford High School during the 1988-89 campaign.
Snell, 43, earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Radford University in 1988. He is married to the former Ann Barnitz. The couple has two sons, Jaden (4) and Jordan (3).
Carroll, meanwhile, helped UAH to an 18-11 record last season after spending six years in the high school ranks, serving as the head coach of St. Pius X High School in Atlanta, Ga., for three seasons. While there, Carroll accomplished one of the state's biggest turnarounds and helped establish Pius as one of the premier high school programs in Georgia.
After taking over a struggling program and winning only six games in '04-'05, Carroll's second Pius team improved their win total to 19 games, advancing to the second round of the state tournament. Carroll's '05-'06 team set numerous school records, tying the mark for wins (24) on their way to an Elite 8 finish and only the second region championship in the 49-year history of the school. In his last two seasons, Carroll's teams knocked off 10 state ranked teams, including AAAA's top ranked team in the 2006 regional finals.
Before taking over as the head coach, Carroll served as the varsity assistant coach at St. Pius X for two years. Carroll began his coaching career as the assistant varsity coach and head JV coach at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga. He helped lead Chattahoochee to its first 5A region championship and school record for wins in a season.
Carroll, 29, graduated from Berry College (Rome, Ga.) in 2000 with a degree in math education. He helped guide Berry to three consecutive 20-win seasons in his four years at the school. In his last season, Carroll received the TranSouth Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for his efforts on the court and in the classroom. He earned a master's degree in health sciences from the University of Alabama in 2002.
Carroll, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., is married to the former Caroline Wright of Raleigh, N.C.