Konnie Snyder (right) is the new assistant women's basketball coach at the University of the Cumberlands. 

Alexander Bell coined the saying “when one door closes another opens.” Former South Laurel girls’ coach Konnie Snyder can attest to that.

After being released after 15 years as head coach at South Laurel (where she was the winningest coach in school history) Snyder has accepted an assistant coaches position at the University of the Cumberlands, where she will serve under her younger sister, Lady Patriots head coach Melissa Irvin.

“Missie contacted me and said she had a position open and would I consider it,” Snyder said. “I talked it over with my husband since it would take considerable amount of time with me being away, and we decided this was a really, really good opportunity.”

For Snyder, this is not only a chance to stay in coaching, but also a chance to coach with her sister.

“We never played together or coached together,” Snyder said.

Snyder said she is ready for whatever the job calls for.

“I will do whatever Missie needs to me to,” Snyder said. “Recruiting, summer camps, whatever. I’m very excited.”

Snyder doesn’t feel like she will have to do too much adjusting to fit into her new role. Recruiting will be new to her, but she’s looking forward to making recruitment trips. But she really can’t wait to get going with game preparations.

“We have a whole lot of the same philosophy when it comes to coaching, because we came from the same background,” Snyder said. “That part will be the easiest part to adjust to.”

Snyder will still keep her teaching job at South Laurel High School, and she said she would never had considered taking this job until after she retired. But once the school decided to go in a different direction and let her go, and once this position opened up, she couldn’t turn it down.

Snyder said that not only is she excited to get to coach with her sister, but so are their parents.

“They are thrilled to death,” Snyder said. Going back to Cumberlands will also be a homecoming for her, as she played their back when it was called Cumberland College.

“There’s not too many people who can say they coached at both the high school and college they went to,” Snyder said. “I know a lot of people there. It’s like going home.”


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