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Snider Wins Vitone Award
Date: May 17,2007

Eric Snider, a senior forward on the University of Rochetser menís basketball team, was presented with the John Vitone Award by the Department of Athletics and Recreation.

The award is presented to a junior or senior for outstanding sportsmanship in the menís intercollegiate sports program.

Snider is a resident of Fairport, New York and an alumnus of Fairport High School. He was a four-year letterwinner in basketball at Rochester who served as team captain in his senior year. During that four-year period, Rochester had an aggregate record of 84-24 and played in three NCAA tournaments. The Yellowjackets advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game in 2005, his sophomore year (Rochesterís third championship game appearance in four Final Fours).

Away from the court, he was named to the University Athletic Association All-Academic Team for three consecutive years (sophomore through senior year). He was the basketball teamís representative to the Varsity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a member of the St. Sebastian Community Service Network, a member of the Catholic Newman Community, and a research assistant in the department of political science.

John Vitone was an assistant football coach at the University for 25 years, 17 as the defensive coordinator. He served as the Coordinator of Club Sports from 1977-1991. The varsity weight room was renamed in his honor, shortly after his passing in 1992. He was inducted into the Athletics & Recreation Hall of Fame in 1997.

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November 18, 2005 - Eric Snider