Snyder returning to softball

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015

After two seasons away from the program, Robin Snyder is returning to lead the softball program at Charles Henderson High School.

After taking the Trojans to the state playoffs in his final season at Charles Henderson, Snyder went on to spend the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Zion Chapel, where he helped lead the Rebels to the 2A State playoffs both seasons.

“It is very exciting, we are really excited to be back,” Snyder said. “We have the opportunity to begin to rebuild a program and get them pointed back in the direction of the state playoffs.”

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Snyder said he learned a lot while spending his two seasons away from Charles Henderson, he plans to take a lot of it with him into his second stint with the Trojans. In his first season as the Zion Chapel assistant coach, the Rebels finished runner up in the state finals.

“I gained a lot of experience being an assistant coach the last two seasons,” Snyder said. “It gives you the opportunity to step back and look at things. You get to look at things from a broader perspective.

Snyder since his return to Charles Henderson has reached out to familiar players and parents.

“They all have been really responsive, and they are all really excited to get things started,” Snyder said. “I have established a lot of good relationships with people, and it seems like we all have the same vision in what we want to accomplish.”

After numerous coaching changes in the last few years, Snyder seeks to bring consistency to the Trojans. The Trojans enter the 2016 season with just one senior and will have to rely on a young crop of players.

“We are going to allow everyone to come and tryout for the team,” Snyder said. “It’s not a given you’re going to make it, but the ones that have been away from it for a couple of years will have the opportunity to come back and showcase their talent.”

Although Snyder only coached the Lady Trojans for three seasons, he has been a part of both Charles Henderson Middle and High Schools athletic programs for 17 years, coaching basketball and football for the middle school.

“We want to build a program that the girls and the parents are proud to be a part of,” Snyder said. “We want to reach out to the recreation league and build up the appreciation of softball. It all begins with me as a coach to rebuild the program.”