Turning a page
Union City’s scorebook will find a different set of hands this season. That book set comfortably in the hands of Snyder for the last 11 or so seasons.
This year, though, Snyder will be standing in the third base coaching box as the head coach of the Lady Bears.
Of the four new coaches, Snyder may have the toughest task of them all, replacing a coach, Jerry VanZandt, who spent 19 seasons — alongside Mike Schrecengost — turning Union City into one of the most successful softball teams in the area.
VanZandt amassed a record of 254 wins and just 97 losses throughout his career and guided Union City to two District 10 titles, three region/conference titles and a state playoff victory. Of course, Snyder was there to see it all.
“I definitely learned a lot from both of them,” Snyder said. “Without them, this would not have been possible.”
Snyder has made some changes, though.
“The transition process was a little rough at first,” Snyder said. “The kids didn’t adapt real well to a couple of the changes we made initially. But it all seems to be coming together.”
The biggest challenge for all four of these new head coaches has been something none of them can control … actually getting out on a field and playing.
“We’re all very excited to get going,” Baer said. “I’m nervous, of course, but excited.”
Snyder, too, has some butterflies.
“It’s been good so far,” he said. “But I’m sure it will be different in game situations when I’m making the calls from the third base box.”