Major League Lacrosse standout Drew Snider (Maryland) has been hired as the first boys lacrosse coach at his high school alma mater, Seattle's O'Dea High.
"I couldn't be more honored to lead lacrosse into a new chapter in the great book of O'Dea High School athletics," said Snider, 25, a two-time prep lacrosse All-American who played in two NCAA Division I national title games with the Terps. In MLL, he led the Denver Outlaws to the first undefeated regular season this spring, earning Most Improved Player honors. Over the weekend, he secured a roster spot on the U.S. men's national training team.
The 2013 finalist for the annual Seattle Sports Star of the Year award guided neighboring Nathan Hale High to a 17-4-0 record last spring and its first Washington Lacrosse Boys Division II state championship.
Snider's first roster will include a core of seven sophomores who were among nine O'Dea players on the 2013 Garfield High club that finished as runner-up to Snider's state champion Raiders last spring.
"Lacrosse is moving so fast out here. Kids are expecting to play," O'Dea athletic director Monte Kohler said in a news release. "Now we want to mix it up with the big boys."