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Gina Snyder’s Hire by Summer Softball College League Team Gives Arizona 34 Former Wildcats Now Head Coaches


Former Sahuaro High School and Arizona softball player Gina Snyder has been hired to coach the Manatee (Fla.) Squeeze of the Florida Gulf Coast League that features teams comprised of college players during the summer.

Snyder played in the Florida Gulf Coast League, which features a 30-game schedule in the Tampa Bay area starting in early June, including an all-star game event, home run derby and playoffs. Baseball and softball teams make up the league. The softball division features 12 teams.

Gina Snyder (Arizona Athletics photo)

After two years at Purdue, Snyder played for Mike Candrea‘s program at Arizona the last two years.

Some of her biggest wins as a pitcher for the Wildcats came against Japan in an exhibition game and against Florida State and UCLA.

Snyder was a four-time All-Southern Arizona player and All-Southern Arizona Pitcher of the Year at Sahuaro.

Here is a list of the former Arizona athletes who are currently head coaches (Candrea coached 10 of them, including Israel National Team coach Stacey Iveson).

FORMER ARIZONA ATHLETES WHO ARE HEAD COACHES

List of head coaches of various sports and different levels who competed at Arizona.
NameUATeam SportStart
Amy Baray-Rocha1999Salpointe Catholic HSSoftball2015
Adia Barnes1995-99ArizonaWomen's hoops2016
Marcus Bell1996-99Eagar Round Valley HSFootball2011
Mike Bibby1996-98Hillcrest PrepBoys hoops2019
Matt Brase2003-05Haiti National TeamMen's hoops2017
Robert Bonillas1995-98Desert View HSFootball2012
Tod Brown1990-94North Dakota StateBaseball2007
Jackie Coburn2002-05Scottsdale Horizon HSSoftball2013
Debby Day1989-91Cal-LutheranSoftball2002
Jay Dobyns1982-84Tanque Verde HSFootball2020
Terry Francona1977-80Cleveland IndiansMLB2013
Brenda Frese1989-93MarylandWomen's hoops2002
Kristie Fox2004-07UNLVSoftball2017
Jason Hisey1988-91Canyon del Oro HSBaseball2019
Krista Humphreys1993-96Corona (CA) Centennial HSSoftball2015
Stacey Iveson1986-89Israel National TeamSoftball2019
Mark Keel1979-82Silverdale (WA) Central Kitsap HSFootball2000
Steve Kerr1983-88Golden State WarriorsNBA2014
Bill Kinneberg1979-80UtahBaseball2005
Michael Klyce2004-08Los Angeles Locke HSFootball2017
David Landrith1980-83Pusch Ridge HSBaseball2019
Hunter Long2013-15Douglas HSFootball2019
Michael Lopez2009-12Big Spring (TX) Howard JCBaseball2020
Paige Maggio2013-16Mountain View HSGirls soccer2018
Jennifer Martinez2008-09Abraham Baldwin (GA) JCSoftball2017
Scott McKee1999-02Sahuaro HSFootball2009
Craig McMillan1984-88Santa Rosa (CA) JCMen's hoops2000
Richard Mercado2002-04Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei HSBaseball2019
Edwin Mulitalo1995-98Southern VirginiaFootball2018
Josh Pastner1996-00Georgia TechMen's hoops2016
Jody Pruitt1990-93Peoria Sunrise Mountain HSSoftball2011
Rebekah Quiroz2002Pima CCSoftball2019
Danielle Steinberg2005-09ColoradoWomen's tennis2018
Gina Snyder2018-19Manatee (FL) SqueezeSoftball2020
Jason Stewart1997-99Encinitas (CA) San Dieguito HSBoys hoops2014
Damon Stoudamire1992-95PacificMen's hoops2016
Luke Walton1999-03Sacramento KingsNBA2019


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