William Robert Snodgrass Jr. was a 3-year Mercer High basketball letterman and a member of two PIAA State Class B finalist teams.
He served as sixth man his sophomore season in 1963-64 when the Mustangs lost to Montrose in the state finals and finished with a record of 26-2. His senior season, he captained and helped to lead the Mustangs to the state title with an overtime victory over Darby-Colwyn. The team finished with a perfect 28-0 mark.
Snodgrass was the team’s leading scorer his junior and senior years, tallying 353 and 642 points respectively. His 87.2 foul-shooting percentage is still the best single-season mark in the school’s history. He ranks as the school’s 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,115 points.
His senior year he was named the team’s MVP and was honored as First-Team Class B All-State, Fourth Team All-State (all classes) and honorable mention All-American.
He received a full scholarship to St. Francis University where he was a 3-year starter and leading scorer his junior year. He was Third Team All-District as a junior and named team captain as a senior.
During his 4 years at St. Francis, the teams won more games (68) than any other team in school history. He was a roommate and teammate of Norm VanLier, former Midland star who went on to a long pro career in the NBA.
He served as an assistant coach under legendary coach Moe Becker and then head coach at Greensburg Salem High School. He became a PIAA and collegiate basketball and football official. In 1999, he was an official on the PIAA Quad-A state football final between Erie Prep and Central Bucks.