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Women’s Lacrosse: Coach Bethany Snider reminisces on her time at Westminster

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. --- Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Bethany Snider, has resigned to further her career at Robert Morris University. She recently accepted the Division I school’s position as Associate Head Coach, and while she’s thrilled to take a huge step in her career, there’s a few things she’ll miss about coaching at Westminster.

“It wasn’t a decision that was made lightly,” she said. “Westminster has been everything to me for the past three years, and it’s more than just where I work. It’s a community, and I love it here. It was a tough decision, but nonetheless, it’s something that I’m very excited about.”

Coach Snider has played at a Division III level, and has coached at both Division II and III levels before accepting this new position. Coaching at a Division I school is an immense step forward in her career.

“It’s honestly something I have always dreamed of, but I didn’t think it was attainable,” she said. “I’ve never had experience with a Division I program before. It’s a totally different ballgame, and I’m excited to be challenged in that aspect. It’s definitely intimidating, but I think I’ve gained a lot of confidence in myself here, and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

Coach Snider took over Westminster’s program when she was 25 years old, and has since seen vast developments in her leadership skills over her three year coaching span.

“I wasn’t much older than some of the girls on my team at the time,” she said. “Taking over a program is a lot more work than people may think, especially at that age. In terms of the lessons I’ve learned, supporting our student athletes not just on the field is one of the most important.”

She touched on her experience coaching through Covid-19 and how she learned some of her most valuable lessons throughout the pandemic.

“Making sure our student-athletes’ mental health is okay, especially during Covid-19, was extremely important to me,” she said. “Those were times where nobody knew what was going on, and it affected us a lot on the college campus. I’m excited to look back in 20 years from now and be able to say that I successfully coached through that.”

Coach Snider is not looking forward to leaving a community that she’s been a part of for so long, but she knows that she will take the memories and lessons with her.

“I’m going to miss my athletes, my co-workers, and our new Athletic Director, Jason Lener,” she said. “Leaving here sucks, and there’s a reason people stick around here. Being a part of Westminster, like I said, it’s just a community. I’m not saying I’m not going to get that at my next job, but I am for sure going to miss everything that this place has to offer.”

It’s a bittersweet thing. The search has been open for a new coach over the last couple of weeks, and Westminster’s Athletic Director, Jason Lener, is currently in the hiring process for the head coaching position.

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