By CHRIS HOBBS
MAIDEN – Frank Snider, who has already been head coach in nearly 700 games at Maiden High, is returning to coaching Blue Devils varsity basketball for the fourth time.
School officials have announced Snider — whose last coaching stint at Maiden was as varsity head football coach from 2012-15 – will replace David Williams as varsity girls’ basketball coach.
It will be a second tenure for Snider as head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team.
He replaces David Williams, who resigned to become head baseball coach at A.C. Reynolds.
Williams coached the Blue Devils’ girls to basketball records of 21-8 and 19-6 the previous two years, eclipsing the school’s previous best single-win seasons of 16.
Snider’s wife, Wanda, coached a 16-10 team in 1985-86, and Frank Snider coached two teams to 16-11 records during his first run as Maiden’s girls’ coach in 2001-2002 through 2003-04. His 2003-04 team won a Southern Foothills 1A title, the Blue Devils’ only regular-season girls’ basketball crown in records dating back to 1977.
Frank Snider was first hired to coach the varsity girls in 2001-02, replacing Jason Adams after his three seasons.
Snider has coached the Maiden varsity boys twice — from 1984-85 through 1995-96 after replacing Jim Hickman – and again from 2004-05 through 2006-07 after he took over for Garry Robinson.
Snider, a testing coordinator at Maiden and a Catawba College graduate, has also coached varsity boys at Central Davidson before first coming to Maiden, boys at Southern Durham after he left Maiden and returned, and girls at Nation Ford in Fort Mill, S.C (2009-2012) after he retired from teaching in North Carolina.
In a press release announcing Snider’s return, his career basketball record was listed as 327-242.
His record at Maiden in basketball is 209-250 in 18 seasons – 41-37 girls and 168-213 boys. His teams won 137 games in 12 years in his first tenure as boys coach and went 31-44 in a second tenure that was highlighted by a Southern Foothills 1A title in 2004-05.
Snider’s boys’ teams fell in West Regional finals twice – in 2A in 1989-90 (62-59, Monroe) and in 1A in 2003-04 (76-67, Thomasville).
In football, Maiden went 33-17 in Snider’s four seasons as head coach, winning a share of one league title and reaching the state playoffs each season.
Snider was also head baseball coach at Maiden from 1986 through 1992 and in 2002.