Greg Snyder said that he had a wonderful time in his three years as athletic director at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.
"They're great people at Bishop Guilfoyle who really treated me well,'' Snyder, 38, said. "It was a great experience.''
But there's no place like home, as the old saying goes, which is why Snyder - a 1992 graduate of Bishop Carroll High School - jumped at the chance to return to his alma mater to become the Huskies' new head football coach and athletic director when those positions became available this past April.
"I'm very privileged and very proud to be a part of Bishop Carroll,'' Snyder said. "My heart is into helping the football program succeed.''
The Huskies have had only one winning season since 2005. Last year, the football program faced a considerable amount of internal discord, and finished the season with a 1-9 record.
"Our goals are all about moving forward,'' Snyder said. "They're all about putting a quality team on the field, and about teaching the kids to be better people, better students and better athletes. The kids and coaching staff have been putting in countless hours in the preseason so that this team can become successful.''
Carroll senior wideout and defensive back Jesse Switzer has noticed Snyder's positive influence on the program already.
"He's definitely trying to turn things around, and create a positive atmosphere,'' Switzer said. "We're excited. Last year, we weren't playing as a team. There was a lack of discipline, and a lack of leadership.''
Senior placekicker Michael Pyo also said that Snyder has been a positive force.
"Last year, the players were all playing as individuals,'' Pyo said. "He's definitely trying to bring us together to make us more of a team.''
Snyder is taking a one game-at-a-time approach.
"The dedication of our kids has been really good in summer workouts,'' he said. "We're hosting Bishop McCort in our season opener Aug. 31. We're working hard to get ready for that game.''