August 14, 2012

Dwayne Pina and Kevin Snyder Join Brown Men’s Basketball Staff

Providence, Rhode Island - First-year Brown head men's basketball coach Mike Martin '04 has rounded out the Bears' coaching staff with the addition of former Boston College star Dwayne Pina and former Williams College assistant coach Kevin Snyder.  The duo join associate head coach TJ Sorrentine, now in his fifth year at Brown, to complete the Brown basketball coaching staff.

"I'm very excited to have finalized our coaching staff, starting with keeping TJ Sorrentine on board as associate head coach when I was first hired in June," said Martin.  "I'm extremely pleased to add Dwayne Pina and Kevin Snyder to our staff.  In addition to their terrific coaching experience, each member of our staff has played collegiately at a high level and for highly successful programs.  Beyond that, they were all challenged academically at some fine institutions, and will be able to relate to the challenges of our student-athletes at Brown."

Pina was a member of the Bryant coaching staff for the last seven seasons, joining the Bulldog coaching staff in 2005-06.  He played an integral role in guiding Bryant basketball into the Division I era four years ago.

"Dwayne is someone I've known professionally and I've always admired how he approaches his duties as an assistant coach," added Martin.  "He possesses all the qualities of a great assistant coach and I think he will add a tremendous amount of knowledge, passion, and energy to our staff and program."

Pina helped the Bulldogs to three-straight NCAA Division II tournaments, including two regional championship game appearances, before the Bulldogs made the move to Division I, where he helped guide them to the program's first DI win in 2008-09.

A 2001 graduate of Boston College, Pina earned a bachelor's degree in communications. He joined the men's basketball team as a walk-on prior to the 1997-98 season and earned an athletic scholarship midway through that year.

In 1998-99, he started all 27 games for the Eagles, averaging 4.5 assists per contest to rank seventh in the Big East. Pina was named Team Defensive MVP in 1998 and earned the honor of Top Playmaker in 1999. Pina played in 78 games for Boston College during his career, making 38 starts as a guard.

In addition to his accomplishments on the court, Pina also served his local community in Chestnut Hill. He acted as a director at the Boston College Basketball Camp during the summers from 1997-99, providing children with an interest in basketball with a fundamental knowledge of the sport, as well as providing training in the basics.

Pina started his coaching career at Rhode Island College, helping the Anchormen to a 20-9 record and first place finish in the Little East Conference. RIC excelled throughout the postseason, advancing to the championship game of the ECAC New England Division III tournament.

Snyder joins the Brown coaching staff following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Williams.  He also spent the 2009-10 season as the Director of Basketball Operations at The College of William & Mary. 

"Kevin is a highly intelligent individual, who has already accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time in this profession," said Martin. "He's extremely energetic, organized, and passionate about the game of basketball.  Our program is fortunate to have Kevin on board."


In 2010-2011, Snyder helped Williams compile a record of 29-3, going undefeated in NESCAC regular season play and advancing to the National Semifinals.

A 2009 Williams graduate with a degree in art and psychology, Snyder was a three-year starter for the Ephs and became the 26th player in Williams history to score over 1,000 career points.

As a senior co-captain, Snyder was named a first-team All-NESCAC honoree, while averaging 16.8 points per game and leading the squad in minutes played (34.8), three-pointers made (66) and assists (96). He scored a career-high 30 points on three occasions as a senior, helping Williams to a 17-9 overall mark and a 6-3 conference ledger.

The Littleton, Colo., native finished his Williams career with 1,016 points, 237 assists and 272 rebounds in 80 career starts. As a sophomore starter in 2007, Snyder helped the Ephs to the NESCAC Championship and a berth in the Division III NCAA Tournament. Snyder also found success in the classroom, earning Second-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic District I honors as a senior, and twice earning Academic All-NESCAC accolades.

Snyder played at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo., and captained the squad to a state championship during his senior season in 2005. Heritage finished the year at 27-1 overall and was ranked No.1 in the state of Colorado, as well as ending the season as the 43rd ranked team in the nation. Snyder was an honorable mention All-State selection after averaging 14.4 points per game.