Gymnastics News Network
By Terri Laymon
The University of Pittsburgh has named Samantha Snider as the new Panther head coach!
Samantha Snider joins the Panther team after an eight year run working with the Arkansas Razorbacks Gymnastics team. The last position she held was that of associate head coach since August 2015. She had spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach. Snider works mostly on the balance beam. Snider spent the 2009-11 seasons as director of operations and competed for the Razorbacks from 2005-08.
Snider’s strong list of accomplishments include:
•NACGC/W South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, 2016
•2 NCAA Individual Champions (Katherine Grable, VT and FX in 2014)
•5 NCAA Regional Appearances, 2012-16
•3 NCAA Session II Appearances, 2012-14
•1 NCAA Super Six Appearance, 2012
•6 NCAA Individual Event Finalists
•9 First Team All-Americans
•5 Second Team All-Americans
•8 NACGC/W Regular Season All-Americans
•7 NCAA Individual Regional Champions
•12 All-SEC Team Selections
Snider earned National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women South Central Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors for her efforts in 2016.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008, she went on to receive her master’s in clinical mental health counseling. During this time, she served as Arkansas’ director of operations.
In that role, she handled day-to-day office management, coordination of meet officials and meet management, scheduled pre- and post-meet entertainment, coordinated team entries and assisted with scoring, and assisted with team building activities.
She also coordinated team meals, team ticket requests, assisted with on-campus recruiting, created choreography for private club gymnasts, administered summer camp registration, and coordinated the organization of counselors and participants.
As director of operations, she was part of a staff which led Arkansas to the Super Six for the first time in 2009. Arkansas finished fifth in the nation after winning the NCAA South Central Regional.
Arkansas finished tied for ninth in the nation in 2011 after winning the NCAA North Central Regional. Arkansas tied for fourth in the NCAA Session I Semifinal, missing the Super Six by one spot for the third-best finish in program history.
As a student-athlete, Snider helped Arkansas earn four bids to an NCAA Regional with the program’s first two NCAA Championship appearances in 2006 and 2008.
She still holds spots in Arkansas’ all-time top scores of 9.925 on vault, which ties for ninth, and 9.925 on floor, which also ties for ninth.
A three-time Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, she was named to the National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women all-scholar team in 2008.
Source: Pitt Athletics
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