■ By Mary Ann Morris / Contributed
Retired San Jacinto High School Athletic Director Jeff Snyder was inducted into the Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association’s (CBAADA) Hall of Fame on March 7 during a luncheon at Indian Hills Country Club in Riverside. Snyder retired from SJUSD in June 2016, after a 36-year career as teacher, coach and athletic director, all spent on the San Jacinto High School campus.
Additionally, the new San Jacinto High School Strength and Conditioning Facility was dedicated to him in recognition of his commitment to students both on and off the field during the ribbon cutting ceremony on March 6 at the school. The new facility was made possible, in part, from a donation by the San Jacinto Education Foundation.
“Our staff and students are so proud of the new, state-of-the-art Strength and Conditioning Facility,” stated SJHS Principal Luke Smith at SJUSD Board of Trustee meeting Feb. 15. “We humbly ask for approval to dedicate the new facility in honor of our biggest supporter over many years, Mr. Jeff Snyder.”
Our staff and students are so proud of the new, state-of-the-art Strength and Conditioning Facility”
The board unanimously approved the dedication to Coach Snyder, who spent his last 12 years as San Jacinto High School’s athletic director.
San Jacinto High School weight room on campus has been relocated several times. The new Strength and Conditioning Facility will take residence in the area on campus affectionately referred to as the “old gym,” which has been repurposed over the past five months. Not only does the 7,000-square-foot facility contain the newly refurbished weight room equipment, but also has brand new Samson® equipment, making it comparable to college and professional sports training facilities such as Oregon State University and University of Colorado.
Snyder learned of the CBAADA Hall of Fame induction in January, with a congratulatory memo from John Tibbels, Ramona High School’s athletic director and CBAADA president-elect and Hall of Fame chair.
“Based on your years of outstanding service to the Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association, you have been selected…” noted Tibbels in his announcement memo to Snyder. Tibbels described Snyder as a steady participant in CBAADA, and noted Snyder rarely ever missed a meeting and ran a quality athletic program at SJUSD.
Snyder’s wife, Eugenia, a current 13-year SJUSD employee, is appreciative that her husband continues to receive recognition after retirement.
“I’m very proud to see that people still recognize Jeff’s commitment to students because he believes in ‘education first’ and positive athletics for boys and girls,” she said.