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Jerry Snodgrass


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Jerry Snodgrass’ career spans 43 years in public education and athletics that included teaching and coaching positions in the Defiance City Schools, Ridgedale Local Schools, Bryan City Schools and the Findlay City Schools as a science teacher and coach in baseball, basketball and football. Head coaching positions included head basketball positions at Ridgedale and Findlay High Schools.

While the coaching background was a key part of his background, expertise in athletic administration is where Jerry has left his mark.  Serving as an assistant athletic director at Findlay High School from 1993 until his departure to the Ohio High School Athletic Association in 2008, Jerry was elected to the NW District Athletic Board organizing and overseeing tournament sports in NW Ohio.  As an Assistant Commissioner at the “OHSAA”, Jerry was responsible for the administration of 14 different sport programs in Ohio’s high schools while also serving as the association’s liaison to Athletic Administrators in Ohio. He also served on the national “Coach Education Committee” and was a presenter at the NFHS Summer Conference.  Recognized as a visionary in high school athletics, Jerry oversaw the adoption of lacrosse in Ohio while modernizing many statewide rules and regulations.  He has also been on the faculty of Ohio University, facilitating classes on “Leadership and Ethics in Athletic Administration” in the Sport Management graduate program.


Jerry has been recognized with induction into the OIAAA (Ohio Athletic Directors) Hall of Fame in October of 2010, the Upper Sandusky High School Hall of Fame in 2017, the Hancock County Hall of Fame in 2019, the Wyandot County Sports Hall of Fame in 2020, was the recipient of the OHSAA’s Sportsmanship, Ethics & Integrity Award and selected as the OHSAA's Naismith Meritorious Service Award.  Most recently, he was honored by the National VFW for the development and coordination of “Military Appreciation Night” conducted with student sections at high school basketball games across the state.  The Ohio Athletic Trainers Association recognized Jerry in the spring of 2020 as a statewide leader in promoting athlete safety through his support of school Athletic Trainers.


Jerry has served in various leadership capacities throughout his career having been elected to serve on the OHSAA's Northwest District Athletic Board while also serving as its president. He was elected to a two-year term on the OHSAA Board of Directors, serving as its president in 2006-07. He also has been a trustee with the OSHAA Foundation, served on the Columbus Sports Commission Board, and The Wilson Football Hall of Fame and the University of Findlay and Baldwin-Wallace Sport Management programs.


Jerry also served as a basketball analyst for WTLW-TV/WOSN-TV in Lima and Buckeye Cable Sports Network in Toledo, being honored by the District 8 Basketball Coaches' Association as its Media Award Winner.

A graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, Jerry holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a masters degree from the University of Dayton.

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