SNIDER

Texas A&M softball coach Jo Evans has revamped her staff, hiring Florida State hitting coach Craig Snider, according to sources.

A&M extended its school record this season for making the NCAA tournament to 18 straight but its 28-27 record was the fewest victories since going 15-14 in 1975-76. A&M also finished last in the Southeastern Conference with a 6-18 record, its worst in conference play since it began league play in 1996 when it joined the Big 12.

Snider will replaces Keith Stein who also was the director of the program’s summer camps and just completed his second season. A&M associate head coach Joy Jackson, who just completed her 23rd season, will become the program’s director of operations. Kara Dill remains as pitching coach.

A&M, which returned only one starter from a 44-18 team that was an out away from returning to the  Women’s College World Series, struggled to score runs, held to three or less in a third of its games. A&M batted .273 to rank 12th in the SEC. A&M also ranked 12th in doubles, averaging just under one per game. A&M ranked last in home runs, averaging 0.6 per game. A&M batted .225 in league play. Only Florida (.214) was worse. A&M scored 70 runs and had 13 doubles, both the fewest in the league.

Snider just finished his eighth season with Seminoles who went 418-98-1 during that time with three Women’s College World Series appearances, including the national title last season. FSU (55-10) this season lost to Oklahoma State in super regionals.

Snider helped FSU set single-season program records in batting average (.329 in 2017), runs scored (459 in 2016), doubles (115 in 2018), runs batted in (423 this year), walks (318 in 2014) and home runs (105 this year).

Snider has Texas ties. He was an assistant at Stephen F. Austin from 2008-10 under former A&M catcher Gay McNutt, helping the team improve its batting average every season. Snider’s wife, Lauren, is from Bellville.

Snider, who graduated from Centenary, started his coaching career at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky from 2001-03. He coached at his alma mater for two seasons and at Oklahoma for two seasons.

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