Bob Sneller '49 Gymnasium
Bob Sneller, a standout basketball and tennis player at Arkansas City Junior College in the late 1940’s, who later went on to a stellar coaching career at Crowder College, recently had the Crowder College athletic building named after him. Sneller coached the men’s basketball program at Crowder from 1964-1979.
During 23 years as a junior college basketball coach, he compiled a record of 467 wins and 216 ’ 9 losses. He is ranked in the top-12 in the all-time NJCAA coaching ranks for most victories and highest winning percentage. Former players, students and friends of Sneller’s were on hand as the Crowder College athletic building became the Bob Sneller Gymnasium on Jan. 21. Sneller guided his teams to two region championships. In 1963, as coach at Independence Community College, he led his team to the NJCAA National Championship and was selected Coach of the Year.
He was inducted into the Cowley College Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002, and the NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. Sneller remains active today, serving the Crowder Athletic department as an assistant coach to the Lady ‘Riders basketball team and working with the Booster Club.