Joe Snively was not looking for a head coaching job.
Then Snively found out Fred Cranford was leaving Fenwick High School to take the football job at Loveland and it changed everything.
“I knew I wanted to be a part of the Fenwick staff at some point,” Snively said after being introduced by new athletic director Jon Payne as the next Falcons head coach Wedneday. “I want my kid to come here when he gets older. This is a community I want to be a part of.”
Under Cranford, the Falcons improved from 2-8 to an appearance in the playoffs.
“Those are some big shoes to fill,” Snively said. “It makes me anxious because it is not like a coach left after multiple losing seasons. He has a winning track here and I want to make sure we continue that progress.”
Snively addressed his future players following their morning workout.
The work ethic is one of the items that has impressed Snively about his new troops.
“I am super excited, I am walking into a gold mine,” Snively said. “I walked in and without a head coach in place, they were in there running their own workout and working hard. They get that their time matters when it comes to what they do.”
Payne says the Falcons had around 30 applicants and interviewed five.
“(Snively’s) enthusiasm, the level of success he has had everywhere he has been, his passion talking about football … they all stood out,” Payne said. “He has been at a lot of schools and has a wide range of views on how to do things and that can only benefit us.”
Prior to being at Middletown, Snively turned in a 7-13 mark in two seasons as head coach at Madison. Snively was also a member of the coaching staff at Monroe under Jason Krause when the Hornets were playoff contenders, and was a part of Colerain’s state title run.
“One of the biggest changes is going to be my coaching style,” Snively said. “I am a high-tempo kind of guy. If I tell the kids to toe the line, it means toe on the line not a little in front of it. It is all about paying attention to details in everything we do.”
Fenwick will play in the Crosstown Showdown again this year. That game, against Alter, has been moved to a Thursday night and will be carried by Fox Sports Ohio.
Position: New football coach, Fenwick High School
Experience: Middletown defensive coordinator, 2011-2012; Madison head coach, 2009-2010 (7-13 career record); Monroe assistant, 2005-2008; Colerain assistant, 2004.
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