Lee Snyder has stepped down after one season as Beechcroft football coach.

The Cougars finished 7-3 overall this fall, ending the season on a four-game winning streak. They were runners-up in the City League-North Division at 5-1 and finished 13th in Division III, Region 11, five spots shy of a playoff berth.

“The team needs a head coach in the building,” Snyder said. “I stepped aside to allow that.”

Beechcroft’s last playoff appearance came in 2016 when it reached a Region 11 semifinal under former coach Trevor White. Following that season, White left to coach Central Crossing.

After going 5-4 in 2017 under B.J. Queen and 6-4 in 2018 under Charles Gibson, Snyder took over as coach after serving as co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Cougars in 2018.

An Akron native, Snyder served as an assistant at Harvest Prep in 2015 and ’16 when the Warriors made consecutive Division VII playoff appearances.

Beechcroft lost two of its first three games this fall before opening league play with a 29-15 victory over Columbus East on Sept. 20 and beating Toledo Waite 20-12 on Sept. 28 to improve to 3-2. After losing to eventual City-North champion Centennial 28-7 on Oct. 4, the Cougars won their final four games.

Beechcroft beat Northland 27-0 on Nov. 1 in Snyder’s last game.

“Great kids and unbelievably strong support from the (school) administration and staff,” Snyder said. “Parental assistance was also wonderful. There really is a strong Beechcroft tradition and legacy that I feel honored to have a small role (in).”

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