Snyder Named Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach
By Mandy Corbin
MOUNT VERNON— The Brewton-Parker College Athletic Department is proud to announce the addition of a new member to its coaching staff. Caleb Snyder, former head cross country/track and field coach at Montreat College, joined BPC in February 2012 to lead the BPC Cross Country/Track and Field Program.
Brewton-Parker’s Athletic Director, Sheila Simmons, is delighted with Snyder’s appointment. "We are very fortunate to have Coach Snyder as a part of the BPC athletic staff. Caleb is one of the bright young stars in his profession. Caleb is well respected among his peers and does a tremendous job running his programs. He is a man with solid Christian values, which fit well with the mission of our institution. We are excited about his strong spiritual leadership, as well as his talent for building strong athletic programs."
Snyder, originally from Zaire, Africa, moved to Winnebago, Illinois in 1996 at the age of seven. He graduated from Winnebago High School in 2005; while there he participated in football, basketball, and track and field. Although talented in all three areas, his real passion was track and field. According to Snyder, “I really enjoyed the team aspects of football and basketball, but the individual part of running is something that can’t be compared to any other sport. Ultimately failure and success in the sport is determined by your work ethic, and not the people around you.”
After his successful high school career, Snyder continued his education at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, where he earned a degree in sports and recreation management in 2010. “I participated in track and field while in college. I was blessed to have had four different head coaches while competing at the college level. I can honestly say that my coaching philosophy and techniques wouldn’t be the same without that, because of all the different perspectives that I learned. All of the coaches had their strengths and weaknesses, and I am able to look back and combine what I liked and try to avoid what I consider to be their weaknesses,” says Snyder.
Coach Snyder comes to Brewton-Parker from Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina where he was hired as the head cross country/track and field coach after serving as the assistant cross country/track and field coach after only five months.
“As the head cross country/track and field coach for men and women, I hope to build a program that is consistently ranked near the top of the conference and is also competitive nationally. Most importantly, I hope to build a Christ-centered program that is honoring to God and teach students how to be leaders on campus, in the community, and in the world that they live in after graduation,” says Snyder.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL.
The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.