Neches ISD reassigns 3X state champ coach Andy Snider

Apr. 1—NECHES- Neches Independent School District informed Lady Tigers Head Basketball Coach Andy Snider last week that he will be reassigned, effectively ending the three time State Champion coaches 16-year tenure at the helm of the Lady Tigers program. In his time with the Lady Tigers, Snider posted a career record of 368-155.

Coach Snider has led the Lady Tigers to four state championship games in his 16-year career, going 3-1 in said games, including three consecutive State Championships from 2011-13. Snider has also led Neches to the regional tournament 11 times, and the state tournament eight times.

All five girls basketball State Championships have been led by the Snider family, as Andy's father, Lee, was also a championship coach in Neches, winning state titles in 1973 and 1976.

Several parents of Neches students have vehemently disagreed with the reassignment of Snider, and have begun a petition to have the coach reinstated.

Neches ISD has a job posting for the open girls basketball head coaching position, which was filed online on March 26. The District has asked for applicants to apply no later than April 6, fulfilling the 10-day minimum window that each independent school district legally must publish for job openings.

Neches area parents are also asking for a special meeting of the School Board for an open discussion about the reassignment of Snider, and to answer questions as to the new direction Neches will be taking with their girls athletic programs. The parents want the meeting to happen before the hiring of a new coach, but currently the next scheduled meeting of the board is not until April 15.

The Palestine Herald-Press reached out to Neches ISD superintendent Cory Hines for comment. As of press time, Hines could not be reached for comment.