Cornell Sneed came to King University in January 2013 to coach the throwing events after a distinguished career at East Tennessee State University in nearby Johnson City, Tennessee.
In his time at King, Sneed has helped the Tornado to three Conference Carolinas titles, two with the women's team and one with the men's team. He has coached 19 throwers that have finished in the in the top three at the Conference Carolinas Championhships. Nine have been conference champions, four runners-up and six third place finishers. Four throwers have earned Conference Carolinas Thrower of Year honors with another seven earning All-Region recognition. Three times has one of his throwers reached an NCAA Provisional Qualifing mark in the women's shot put. Academically, 14 student-athletes have earned Presidential Honor Roll recognition. Under Sneed's tutelage, two Tornado have earned Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year honors and one earned Capital One Academic All-District recognition. Two of the teams he has worked with, and one individual earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
Sneed, a native of Miami, Florida was a seven-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference thrower at ETSU, earning medals in discus, shot put, weight throw, and hammer. He ranks fourth all-time in conference history in discus and seventh in shot put and led the team in points scored during the Buccaners' A-Sun outdoor track and field championship season in 2012. He was a member of two indoor track and field, two outdoor track and field, and one cross country championship teams, with all three winning conference titles during the 2009 calendar year.
Sneed's off the field accomplishments may be his most impressive, however. He was a standout in the classroom, named to the ETSU Buccaneer Honor Roll in each of his eight semesters, was a five-time Dean's List qualifier, and was the men's track and field academic MVP in 2012. He was also named to multiple conference all-academic teams and won the Atlantic Sun Commissioner's Scholar Medal. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and earned a Master of Arts in Sports Management from ETSU in the fall of 2013. He is currently pusruing a Master of Science in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.