NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head baseball coach Bob Rikeman is pleased to announce the hiring of Jay Snyder as the new Hitting Coach.
“Jay is a worker and has already made our program better with his knowledge, work ethic and his ability to motivate the players,” said Rikeman. “He is no stranger to the building process and the hard work that it takes to get Newberry baseball to the next level. Jay is always prepared and willing to go the extra mile to improve our players and our program.”
Snyder comes to Newberry from Keystone College, where he was the assistant coach and baseball recruiting coordinator. Snyder successfully recruited students from various areas such as Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. As an assistant coach, Snyder helped his team reach the CVAC final in the 2005 season.
Snyder has also worked as a hitting coach for the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. There, Snyder worked with highly talented Division I baseball players competing in a collegiate summer baseball program.
Snyder started his playing career at Keystone College where he played two seasons and was named MVP in 2000. After receiving his associate's degree, he went on to play for LaSalle University in the Atlantic 10 Conference where he was a two year captain.
“I'm very excited to be given the opportunity that I've worked so hard for.” Snyder said. “I'm also excited to be surrounded by winning coaches like Bob Rikeman and Chris Youngberg.”