June 22nd, 2016

Hyland's Heroes: Josh Snider

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Josh Snider
Snider coaches in the CSAA

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland Insurance. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series of profiles that spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports.

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This week’s Hylands Hero is a local PGA golf professional. Josh Snider graduated from Male High School and the University of Kentucky.  He and his wife Michelle belong to Ascension parish where he serves as the Ascension Longhorn’s golf coach. Josh received his PGA Professional membership in 1998 & has been the Director of Golf at Oxmoor Country Club since 2003.

When and how did you get your start with Ascension?

I got involved with Ascension through coaching the girls first and second grade basketball team three years ago. This year with the encouragement of Ascension athletic director, Teague Ridge, I coached the golf team for the school and look forward to the role for many years to come.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Ascension AD - Teague Ridge

What sports did or do you volunteer to help and for how long?

I gained my PGA Professional membership in 1998 & have been the Director of Golf at Oxmoor Country Club since 2003.  I have always been very involved with coaching, teaching and assisting kids with their golf skills development as well as an appreciation for the game itself. 

What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes?

The connection with my faith when coaching is always present.  I believe that in God, all things are great and possible.  Having the ability to showcase that faith with the youth of today is something that I truly cherish and hope that all my students/players, regardless of sport, gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their personal beliefs.

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why?

Basically, every coach that I have ever had influenced me in in some way.  Although in my life, whether in basketball, football, golf, every coach influenced me, but none more so than my Dad.  I was fortunate to have a father in my life that would not only volunteer his time to coach optimist sports but would drive to teammates houses to pickup/return for practices & games.  He was also very instrumental into my love for the game of golf & teaching me fundamentals that I still use today with my students; hit it, find it & hole it.

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

Have fun, play hard & shake your opponents hand afterwards. Always be a good sport.

What does your role at Ascension bring your family?

The nice thing about volunteering for your parish is that you get to be involved with the developmental skills of children of other families within your parish.  There is no greater connection to another family than being involved with their child's growth in faith & sport and truly develops friendships that last a lifetime.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?

Seeing juniors who I have coached graduate from both high school and college, and then grow into their adult life becoming outstanding citizens within their respected communities.


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