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Snyder named Knights' new girls basketball coach

Just 23 years old, but she's well-versed in West Holmes' tradition

By MIKE PLANT Sports Editor Published: April 22, 2017 5:00 AM
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MILLERSBURG -- Lyndsy Snyder knows she has a lot to live up to replacing Lisa Ogi as the girls basketball coach at storied West Holmes -- and she can't wait to get started.

The search for Ogi's successor didn't take long, and it didn't go far, either, as Snyder was promoted after two years on the Knights coaching staff.

She may only be 23, but Snyder is well-versed in West Holmes' tradition, having played for Ogi before graduating in 2011, then joined her as an assistant after four years playing and earning her degree at Malone.

"This is a huge opportunity," Snyder said after her hiring was announced Thursday morning by Knights athletic director Lee Ann Race.

"It's also a huge blessing that they trust me to continue (the success) on," Snyder added. "It's been neat to be a part of something that's been as special for as long as it has, and I think it's great to be in this role."

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The Knights went 245-43 in Ogi's 11 seasons, including four consecutive trips to the state tournament and a 2014 state title, along with a streak of seven consecutive Ohio Cardinal Conference championships that was extended this past season when West Holmes was 20-5.

The program also, of course, owns a state-record 108-game winning streak from the late 1980s. It's a standard of excellence many would consider a challenge to live up to, but it's one Snyder is embracing.

"I wouldn't say there's pressure, I wouldn't use that word," she said. "I'll have a ton of support. (Ogi) is completely supportive and there to help me, and that's huge.

"I think the biggest thing is how she ran the program, she did a tremendous job making it a program for third-graders all the way through the varsity. Investing that time in all the kids is super-important.

"(Ogi) had the energy to do that, and I have that now," Snyder added.

"I'm really excited to be taking up where she left off."

Snyder "has been part of the West Holmes Community her entire life, where basketball has played an integral role for her and her family, for many years," Race said in the press release announcing her hiring. "We are excited to have Lindsy now take over this program with the intent of continuing to build upon the success of her former coach and mentor and are confident in her abilities to do so."

A third-grade teacher at Millersburg Elementary, Snyder was already diving into her new duties.

"Teaching comes first," she said, "but when school was over (Thursday), I started looking at summer stuff, shootouts, and putting together a summer schedule.

"That's the way for me -- bit by bit, a piece at a time. That's the approach I'm taking."


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