Seattle native Drew Snider is one of the most accomplished lacrosse players to emerge from the United States, having built a career that includes a gold medal with Team USA outdoor, a bronze medal with Team USA indoor, three Major League Lacrosse (MLL) titles with the Denver Outlaws, and a decorated four-year stint at the University of Maryland.
Snider is currently training with the U.S. Men’s National Team and playing professionally for the Denver Outlaws as captain. In 2015 he was with the U.S.A. team that took the Bronze Medal in the World Indoor Lacrosse tournament. That year, he also was named to the MLL All-Pro team as a midfielder. In 2018 Snider and Team U.S.A. brought home the Gold Medal in the World Outdoor Lacrosse tournament. Snider is a 6x MLL All-Star and has won three MLL championships in the past five years.
Drew attended O’Dea High School but, lacking a lacrosse program, he played for the Garfield Lacrosse Club. Drew was named second-team All-State as a freshman, and made first-team his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He also made the US Lacrosse All-American team as a junior and senior, only the second player from Washington State to do so.
Drew entered the University of Maryland in 2008 and as a freshman was the team’s only member hailing from west of Ohio. In 2010 Snider broke into the Terps regular rotation as an offensive midfielder.
In 2011, he played a key role in leading Maryland to an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship as well as the Division 1 National Championship game — ultimately losing to ACC rival Virginia. The next year saw similar achievement and heartbreak, as Maryland lost to Loyola in the D1 Championship game. Salving that setback a bit, Snider (team captain) was named to the 2012 All-Tournament team as well as the University of Maryland's Most Valuable Midfielder.
The Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse drafted Snider, and he began playing immediately as a short-stick defensive midfielder. His rookie year prolonged the championship frustration as Denver lost in the MLL title game. Snider switched to offensive midfield in his second season, and earned the 2103 MLL’s Most Improved Player award. That year, the Outlaws recorded an undefeated regular season but lost in the semifinals of the playoffs.
The futility ended in ’14 with the Outlaws’ 12-11 win over the Rochester Rattlers, capped by Snider’s game-winning goal with 56 seconds remaining in regulation. In 2016 Snider was named captain of the Denver Outlaws, won a second MLL title, and was named team MVP. Drew contributing 3 goals (one 2 pointer) and an assist in the championship game.
In 2018 Snider added to his professional and international accomplishments by winning his third MLL title and a gold medal with Team U.S.A. in Netanya Israel.
Drew's love of playing at the highest level is matched by his passion for coaching and teaching the game.
Snider has been a significant contributor to the development of youth and high school lacrosse. Since 2004, Drew has coached camps, showcases, and travel teams around the nation on every skill level. In ’13, he was named head coach of the Nathan Hale Raiders and led the high school to its first ever State Championship. The following year, Drew returned to his alma mater, O’Dea High School, founding the lacrosse program and serving as its head coach. After only 3 years of existence the O'Dea Fighting Irish program advanced to the Division 1 quarterfinals in 2016. In 2017 Snider took the Irish to the State Championship ultimately losing but was victorious in 2018.
In 2013, Snider formed a youth lacrosse organization with Outlaws teammate Chris O’Dougherty called CitySideLax. And in ’15, Drew landed his first collegiate coaching job as the University of Washington offensive coordinator.
These days, Drew Snider leads a lacrosse-centric life as the head coach of O'Dea, president of CitySideLax, his ongoing role with the Denver Outlaws, and his pursuits in U.S.A. Men’s National Team. Still in the prime of his playing career, he has carved out a reputation as one of the sport's top ambassadors in the Northwest.