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Former IU men’s soccer All-American Ken Snow dies at 50


Men's soccer player Ken Snow kicks the ball during his time on the team from 1987-1990. Snow won a national title with the team in 1988. Photo courtesy of IU Athletics

Former IU men’s soccer player Ken Snow died last weekend at 50 years old, according to a release from the IU men’s soccer program. The cause of death wasn't confirmed in a release from IU Athletics.

Snow was the program’s first four-time All-American. 

Snow suited up for the Hoosiers from 1987-1990 and was IU’s program leader in all-time points with 196, and goals scored with 84. In the 1987 season, he totaled 28 goals, breaking IU's the single-season record.

“Ken was the most highly decorated player to ever wear the IU uniform," former IU men’s soccer head coach Jerry Yeagley said in a release. "He is the only player to have earned four first-team All-America selections and two National Player of the Year Awards. He was the finest attacking player that I ever had the privilege of coaching.”

Snow was awarded the Hermann Trophy, which is given to the nation’s top player every year, in 1988 and 1990. He was also named the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year both years.

IU recorded a 73-12-4 mark during Snow’s time at IU. He made two NCAA College Cup appearances and secured a national title with the team in 1988.

Snow was listed on Soccer America’s All-Decade team for the 1980’s. Later, Snow made Soccer America’s All-Century team upon its release in 2000.

Following his time at IU, Snow played in the American Professional Soccer League and the indoor National Professional Soccer League. In the 1994-95 season, Snow led his team in scoring, netting 56 goals in 40 games. The next year, Snow jumped to the Continental Indoor Soccer League.

After he made rounds in lower-level soccer leagues, Snow was selected by the Kansas City Wiz in the 16th round of Major League Soccer’s inaugural draft. Snow was cut and never appeared in a game for the Wiz. Later, Snow scored in an exhibition game with the Chicago Fire.

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