Although the Beechcroft High School football team will have its fourth coach in as many seasons next fall, there is a sense of continuity building throughout the program.
Lee Snyder has been named coach, replacing Charles Gibson after serving as the Cougars’ defensive coordinator last fall.
Gibson served in the Army for 23 years and has a military obligation this summer that will keep him from continuing as head coach, but he will remain as an assistant coach under Snyder, according to athletics director Brian Lowery.
The rest of the coaching staff is expected to remain the same next fall for the Cougars, who went 6-4 last season.
“Charles is going to stay on, everyone else is coming back and we’re going to add some more (coaches), so there’s not as much turnover as it may seem,” Snyder said.
Snyder, an Akron native, began his coaching career as a volunteer with Reynoldsburg’s freshman team in 2012. He then was defensive coordinator for Reynoldsburg’s eighth-grade team in 2013 and its seventh-grade coach in 2014.
After serving as an assistant at Harvest Prep in 2015 and ’16, Snyder did not coach in 2017 but returned the sidelines last fall under Gibson.
Beechcroft, which went 10-2 in 2016 under Trevor White and 5-4 in 2017 under B.J. Queen, finished 5-2 in the City League-North Division last fall. The Cougars gave up just 56 points in league play, posting three shutouts.
“We have a lot of seniors coming back, a lot of good players, and there’s more of a buzz,” Snyder said. “Last year, coach Gibson was able to bring back some of the culture (from the program’s successful past). Last year, we averaged 30 to 35 kids a game and we’re pushing to have 50 to 60 kids every game. We’re trying to get back to that culture and do more community outreach.”