Josh Snider

Former Northeast Lauderdale baseball coach Josh Snider, left, is pictured talking to his players during a 2014 practice.

After six seasons serving as Northeast Lauderdale’s head baseball coach, Josh Snider is handing the reins to his long-time assistant Tyler Vick as he transitions to an administrative role.

At Thursday night’s Lauderdale County School District meeting, Snider was confirmed as the new assistant principal at Northeast Lauderdale Middle School. It was both exciting and sad for Snider, who said he’s looking forward to being an administrator but will also miss the Trojan players with whom he’s built relationships.

“It’s bittersweet,” Snider said. “I want to be excited for myself and my family, but at the same time, leaving what we’ve done is tough.”

Snider’s teams made the playoffs in each of his six seasons as head coach at Northeast Lauderdale. His most successful year was 2017, when the Trojans made it all the way to the MHSAA Class 4A state semifinal round, a feat that earned him Premier Preps Baseball Coach of the Year in May 2017. While it’s tough to leave, Snider said he feels like he’s handing Vick a good foundation.

“I’m very satisfied with where the program is at,” Snider said. “The goal we set the first day we took over was to win a state title. We didn’t reach that goal, but we made a run at it, and every year at least one of our players got to play in college. We’ve had kids selected to the All-Star game, kids make All-State and were well-represented each year on the all-district teams. The state of the program is very well off compared to when we took over. I can step away not regretting anything. We accomplished a lot in the six years I was there.”

Snider’s departure opened the door for Vick to take over as head coach. Vick has been assistant coach in each year of Snider’s tenure at Northeast Lauderdale, and he’s also coached the school’s slow-pitch softball team in the fall. Snider said he’s glad the program will be in the hands of both a friend and someone who helped build it into what it is now.

“He’s been right by my side from day one,” Snider said. “I think he’s learned a lot from us. I feel very confident leaving the program with him. I’m sure he’ll put his own twist on things, but he’s seen what it takes turning the program around and getting it going. I think he’ll succeed, and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Vick said he was honored to be chosen to lead the baseball program now that Snider is moving into administration.

“Josh is a great guy, and he’s done great things at Northeast,” Vick said. “I’m not coming in to do anything different, I’m just trying to uphold everything he started. He’s been great to work for. We’re really close, like family, and it’s been an honor to work with him. I’ve seen how a successful program needs to be run, and hopefully I can carry on with that.”

Like with Snider, though, the promotion is somewhat bittersweet, as Vick will no longer lead the Northeast Lauderdale slow-pitch teams in the fall.

“It’s going to be really hard to leave them and do baseball only,” Vick said.

Still, whether it’s softball or baseball, Vick said he enjoys coaching the school’s young athletes, which is why he’s stuck around so long.

“The kids are raised by good families and do things the right way,” Vick said. “They come to work every day and take care of their business. The kids are a big part of why I’ve enjoyed being at Northeast.”

OTHER NOTES

•Thursday’s school district meeting also confirmed Glenn Sanders as Northeast Lauderdale’s new football coach, removing the interim tag from his title.

•Former Quitman softball coach and athletic director Brian Jordan was confirmed as the new principal at Clarkdale.

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