TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After eight successful seasons in the Garnet and Gold, six ACC Championships, three trips to the Women’s College World Series and helping lead the Seminoles to the 2018 NCAA National Championship, assistant coach Craig Snider is leaving Florida State softball to join the coaching staff at Texas A&M for the 2019-20 season.
“I have no words to describe how much the FSU Softball program means to me,” said Snider. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew it was special and I cannot thank Lonni Alameda enough for the opportunity! I am honored and humbled after eight years working side-by-side with Lonni and Travis as we took the program to new heights. We made memories, had some fun, but most of all made lifelong friendships. Thank you to all the players, parents, alumni, administration and fans for eight great years. I will forever be indebted to Florida State Softball.”
Since arriving in Tallahassee prior to the 2012 season, Snider (along with fellow assistant coach Travis Wilson) rebuilt and established the Florida State offense into one of the best in the nation. In the eight years under Wilson and Snider, the Seminoles have set single-season program records in batting average (.330 – 2019), RBI (423 – 2019), slugging percentage (.601 – 2019), home runs (105 – 2019), doubles (115 – 2018), runs scored (459 – 2016) and walks (318 – 2014).
The Seminoles also rank in the Top 25 of NCAA single-season history in four different team categories with 318 walks (sixth), 115 doubles (eighth), 105 home runs (16th) and a .601 slugging percentage (22nd).
Overall, the top seven home run totals in program history have come during their eight years at FSU and of the top eight seasons in each offensive category, the following amounts have come since Wilson/Snider arrived in 2012 – RBI (7), walks (6), runs scored (5), doubles (5), batting average (4), hits (3) and stolen bases (3).
Individually, there have been five different offensive players that have combined to earn a total of nine NFCA All-American accolades during Snider’s time at Florida State – Jessie Warren (2016-18), Alex Powers (2016-17), Sydney Sherrill (2018-19), Maddie O’Brien (2014) and Morgan Klaevemann (2017).
“I want to wish Craig and Lauren the best with their move to Texas A&M,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “The values that are in Craig, both on and off the field, are built on the foundation of family, and what a great opportunity this will be for the Snider family to be closer to home.
“We will miss them dearly, yet we are so appreciative of all they have given to help grow FSU Softball. The memories made, the fun times shared and all of the success on the field made this journey together the last eight years so special. I wish them the best of luck with their next chapter.”
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Listen to the entire coaching staff discuss Snider’s departure on the FSU Softball Podcast.