Tommy Snell has built a golf dynasty at Mississippi Gulf Coast, with his program coming off its ninth consecutive NJCAA Region 23 Championship and third straight top-four finish at the NJCAA Tournament. He has sent more than 40 golfers to four-year schools.
Snell has been at Perkinston since 2000, and he was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015. His teams have also won seven MACJC championships and been runners-up six times, and he was the Mississippi Association of Coaches Community College Coach of the Year.
Gulf Coast has sent golfers to the national tournament every year since 2002, and Snell was named PING Coach of the Year in 2008.
Prior to coming to Gulf Coast, Snell was the golf coach at St. John High School, where his team won five straight Class 2A state championships. He was a three-time Mississippi High School Activities Association Coach of the Year.
Snell is very active on the national golf scene as a United States Golf Association rules official and committeeman. He is a frequent rules official at NCAA championships and is on the NCAA Division I national championship committee. It allows him to develop contacts for his far-reaching network of college coaches that enables Gulf Coast to send its golfers to the next level.
Snell is on the Golf Coaches Association of America national championship advisory board, and he’s a weekly columnist for the Sun Herald. He was a U.S Open qualifying medalist in 1980 and winner of several amateur and professional tournaments.
He attended Gulfport East High School before graduating from Sam Houston High in Arlington, Texas. Snell earned a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Southern Miss, graduating with highest honors. He also has a master’s from William Carey.
Snell has been married to his wife, Charlotte, the Coordinator of Instruction and Student Services at MGCCC, for 33 years. He has four children.
Tommy Snell's MGCCC Record