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Working Through Trauma

In his recently published book The Long Road Back to Las Vegas, Alan Snel ’83 details his remarkable comeback from a traumatic cycling injury and shows others how they too can overcome trauma.

In March of 2017, Snel was knocked off of his road bike after being struck from behind by a distracted motorist near Fort Pierce, Fla.  He was bed ridden for a month with two broken bones in his spine, a severe concussion and a battered right leg.

Snel’s book explores his recovery at home in Vero Beach and his ultimate move back to Las Vegas to report on the business side of sports in the area. His website documented the launch of the Vegas Golden Knights and the NHL team’s miraculous inaugural season.

“The book’s mission is to help people work through traumas by showing them how to move forward and to identify a purpose that offers a way to look ahead and not backward. In my case, it was back to the future. I returned to Las Vegas and funneled my energy into a new site covering one of the hottest sports industry markets in the U.S.” says Snel.

Snel noted that one of the most difficult injuries to deal with was his severe concussion because it hindered his ability to focus. “The book was a great exercise in showing myself that I still had the focus and discipline to work on a literary project,” he says.

A journalist for much of his career, he worked for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Denver Post and Tampa Tribune. He started his career reporting on local government for the Journal-News and Times Herald-Record newspapers in the lower Hudson Valley, then working for the Palm Beach Post and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  In 2000, Snel launched a website for,, that covered the business of sports.

He also worked for several years for Southwest Florida Bicycle United Dealers, an alliance of seven Tampa Bay area bike stores that work to increase bicycle awareness and infrastructure.

At HWS, Snel was an American studies major, a Druid, worked at WEOS-FM and was a frequent contributor to the Herald.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Snel’s book, you can email him at