Canal Winchester High School athletics director Kent Riggs has announced the hiring of a both boys and girls basketball coaches.
Lyndell Snyder was named boys coach, and Willie Jordan will take over the girls program.
“I feel good about the guys we’ve hired because they’re both good people and good coaches, who already live in the community and feel comfortable here,” Riggs said. “I feel confident that Lyndell and Willie will both do a good job of keeping our basketball programs moving forward.”
Snyder was an assistant with the Indians for the last 15 seasons.
He played four seasons of basketball and football at Canal Winchester before graduating in 1989. Snyder scored 1,036 career points and earned first-team all-state honors as a senior before going on to play basketball for the University of Rio Grande.
Snyder replaces Riggs, who led the Indians to a 422-194 overall record, seven MSL titles, five district championships and their only regional title (2000) in 27 seasons.
Canal Winchester finished 7-16 overall and seventh (2-12) in the OCC-Cardinal behind champion Westerville Central (13-1) last season.
“Lyndell’s been a loyal community person and an outstanding coach for us the past several years, so he deserves this opportunity,” Riggs said. “He’s a good coach when it comes to the Xs and Os, but his strength is his relationships with the kids. The kids play hard for him.”
Jordan has coached the Canal Winchester Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball team the past nine seasons, and has coached AAU squads the past 21 years.
He was the Hartley boys junior varsity coach during the 1998-99 season, before serving as the j.v. coach for the Columbus East girls team from 2009-11 and as the j.v. coach for the Brookhaven girls program from 2011-13.
Jordan takes over for Gary Burke, who led Canal Winchester to a 27-61 overall record in four seasons, including a 7-16 overall record and a sixth-place finish (5-9) in the OCC-Cardinal Division behind champion Westerville North (13-1) last season.
“Willie did a great job as coach of our seventh-grade boys basketball team and he has experience coaching AAU and high school girls teams as well,” Riggs said. “He loves the game of basketball and will work hard at it.”