Head Coach, Stonehill College
NCAA Division II
Eric Snyder just completed his second season as head coach of Stonehill College, where he's helped orchestrate a resurgence of the Skyhawks volleyball program.
After only five wins in 2006, he began rebuilding the team and led them to 10 wins in 2007. This season, he took the team to "the next level," leading them to a 21-11 record, the school's best record since 1997, and into the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament.
"In just two seasons, we've changed the mentality of the program from one that would settle for mediocrity to one that prides itself on success," he said. "With very limited resources in terms of scholarships and recruiting funds, we brought in one of the best recruiting classes in program history, which, in turn, enabled the Skyhawks to start 6-0 this season, the best start in over a decade."
Snyder, who came to Stonehill after one-year as an assistant at the University of South Alabama and two years as a graduate assistant at Tiffin (Ohio) University, has several reasons for deciding to get into coaching:
"(I have) an overwhelming love for the game and the opportunity to positively affect the lives of others through teaching and motivation," he explained. In addition, "The sense of fulfillment when players thank you for helping them become better athletes and better people, (as well) as the opportunity to watch the maturation and personal development of young people."