Craig Snider has been named Texas Tech’s softball coach

Craig Snider has been named Texas Tech’s softball coach

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Craig Snider, one of many nation’s prime assistant coaches and a 2018 Florida State Nationwide Championship member, has been named the ninth head softball coach in Texas Tech historical past, athletics director Kirby Hocutt introduced Monday identified.

“After we started this search, we needed to discover a coach who would develop our softball program into an annual Massive 12 convention contender and an NCAA match contender. That is precisely what we discovered with Craig Snider,” stated Hocutt. “Coach Snider has helped construct a tradition of success all through his profession, and in all the fitting methods. We sit up for many profitable years beneath Coach Snider’s management and sit up for welcoming him and his household to Lubbock.”

Over the previous 21 seasons as an assistant, Snider has held stints at Oklahoma, Florida State and Texas A&M, the place he coached 20 All-People and made three appearances within the Ladies’s Faculty World Collection, taking house the championship trophy whereas on employees of the State of Florida was 2018. It will likely be formally offered at a later date at a press convention.

“I’m honored and humbled to guide this program,” stated Snider. “Texas Tech is a particular place with unbelievable administrative and fan assist. I am actually wanting ahead to fostering a championship tradition on and off the sphere. Arms up!”

Snider spent the final three seasons at Faculty Station, the place he helped remodel the Aggie hitters and improved in practically each offensive class over the previous three seasons. He coached Hayley Lee to the Eleventh-best on-base share and fourth-most walks per recreation within the NCAA in 2022 when she earned second-team honors within the NFCA All-America. In 2021, Lee obtained the third-team All-America honors after ending third within the NCAA in house runs, fifth in house runs per recreation, sixth in slugging share, seventh in complete base, twenty fourth in on-base share, and thirty ninth in batting common.

Previous to Texas A&M, Snider spent eight seasons at Florida State, the place he helped the Seminoles win 11 Athletic Coast Convention common season and match championships, seven NCAA Tremendous Regionals, three WCWS appearances and the 2018 Nationwide Championship.

Throughout his time in Tallahassee, Snider constructed Florida State into one of many prime offensive faculties within the nation because the Seminole set program data for house runs, batting common and RBI in the course of the 2019 season. FSU ranked within the prime 10 nationally for batting common, house runs per recreation primarily based on base share, factors and slugging this season alone.

Throughout the Florida State championship run in 2018, the Seminoles completed within the prime 10 in doubles per recreation and slugging. With Snider’s lead, Sydney Sherrill led the nation in doubles, ending ninth in hits and eighth in bases total. Three-time All-American Jessie Warren, in the meantime, ranked sixth within the NCAA in house runs, fifth in RBI and fifth in bases total.

Below Snider’s stewardship, Seminole hitters had great success in 2017, rating within the prime 5 within the nation for on-base share, scoring, slugging and triples per recreation, whereas ending within the prime 10 for house runs per recreation and batting common. Warren led the nation in complete bases, ending second in homers, third in slugging, and tenth in RBI, nodding the primary All-America staff. Senior Alex Powers completed seventh within the nation in doubles on her strategy to NFCA third-team All-America honors.

Florida State made its second WCWS look in three seasons in 2016 when Snider helped the Seminole offense to a top-20 batting common and top-10 finishes in on-base share and scoring. The Seminoles defeated the NCAA Regionals and Tremendous Regionals en path to Oklahoma Metropolis, the place they completed third nationally and fell within the semifinals.

Snider helped the Seminoles have their first WCWS in 10 years in 2014 when FSU posted a 55-9 file and completed twelfth within the standings. Florida State was led offensively by Maddie O’Brien, who completed because the state’s RBI chief with 83 runs conceded. O’Brien was named an All-American First Staff and positioned second nationally in house runs and slugging, third on base and fifth in walks.

Snider got here to Florida after 4 seasons with Stephen F. Austin, the place he served because the Ladyjacks’ hitting coach from 2007-2010. In 2008, he helped the SFA make an NCAA regional look after successful the Southland Convention match.

Beforehand, Snider spent the 2005-06 season as a graduate assistant in Oklahoma beneath Patty Gasso after serving as an assistant coach at Centenary (2004-05) and Lindsey Wilson Faculty (2001-03).

Snider, a 2004 Centenary graduate, hails from Franklin, Kentucky. He has a daughter, Riley, and a son, Henry.


Mike White – Head Coach, Texas

“Craig has all of the qualities wanted to guide a profitable program. The groups he labored with had been persistently good offensively. I see him often recruiting the journey ball circuit and he has developed an in depth community of recruiting connections throughout the nation.”

Lonni Alameda – Head Coach, Florida State

“I am so completely happy for Craig and Texas Tech Softball. What an unbelievable one that loves individuals and the sport of softball and takes delight within the progress of his gamers. Having educated side-by-side with Craig, I do know he’s keen to do no matter it takes to make the Pink Raiders a staff able to compete on the highest degree!”


Lindsey Wilson Faculty (NAIA) – Assistant Coach, 2001-03

Centenary (DIII) – Assistant Coach, 2004-05

Oklahoma—Graduate Assistant, 2005-06

Stephen F. Austin – Assistant Coach, 2007-10

Florida State – Assistant Coach, 2011-19

Texas A&M – Assistant Coach, 2020-22

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