Westminster’s Scott Snyder has been named the “2018 National Coach of the Year” by United Soccer Coaches.
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Atlanta teacher given ‘2018 National Coach of the Year Award’

The coach of an Atlanta private school’s soccer team was recently given the “2018 National Coach of the Year Award” by United Soccer Coaches.

Scott Snyder, Westminster’s varsity boys soccer head coach for 20 years, said he is “honored and humbled” by the designation from the national association of youth, high school, collegiate and professional coaches. 

Snyder’s teams have won eight Georgia High School Association state championship. This past spring, the team had a 22-0-1 record.

“While I will be the one accepting the award, it is truly a team award and a great achievement for Westminster’s soccer program,” Snyder said in a statement. He thanked the athletic department, his students and his assistant coaches: Gerry Romberg, Sharon Loughran, Steven Drinkell and David Dwyer. 

Snyder serves as the Georgia chair for the United Soccer Coaches High School All-American teams. He has 28 years of coaching experience at the college, high school, club, and Olympic Development Program levels. He also teaches history to middle school students.

Westminster Director of Athletics Tim Downes called the recognition “wonderful and well-deserved.”

“Scott would be the first to share this honor with his coaching staff and point to his true success as the impact that being a member of the soccer program has had on the growth and development of his scholar-athletes during and beyond their time at Westminster,” Downes said in the news release.

United Soccer Coaches named Snyder the private and parochial high school boys soccer coach of the year. The national “Coach of the Year” will be recognized at an awards banquet on Friday, Jan. 11, during the association's convention at McCormick Place West in Chicago. 

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