Snider inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Ga. Chapter
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Okla., announced its Georgia class of 2019, and Gilmer’s Sam Snider is one of eight honorees.
Snider will be inducted as a “Lifetime Service to Wrestling” recipient in recognition of contributing at least 20 years to the sport of wrestling as a coach, referee or contributor.
“I was talking to my sons (Joshua and David), and we were just remembering some of those really cool years, which was all of them,” chuckled Snider, who coached Gilmer High School’s program for 19 seasons and led the Bobcats to 17 team state championships and 571 dual victories.
“You think back to Noah Harris or Neil Gary in the early years on up until now, and there are so many kids who have given themselves to a common purpose, and it makes coaching fun and enjoyable. We had a really good thing, and I don’t think there are a lot of places where we’ll see that happen again. It’s just hard to put together the type of run we did in Ellijay.”
As a high school senior, Snider was Gilmer’s first individual state champion. Once he became head coach in 1998, success soon followed. GHS churned out 121 state placers, and 32 of them were individual state champions.
Gilmer also captured 28 combined dual and traditional region titles during Snider’s tenure before he resigned in March 2017. He has spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Chestatee High School in Hall County.
In addition to Snider, Georgia inductees entering for their Lifetime Service to Wrestling include Randy Bortles (Sugar Hill), Ron and Melody Domanico (Atlanta), Arthur Potter (Fayetteville), Steve Shaw (Rome) and Jim Tiller (Flowery Branch).
Shay Eskew of Brentwood, Tenn., is this year’s Medal of Courage recipient, which is “presented to a wrestler or former wrestler who has overcome what appear to be insurmountable challenges and provides inspiration to others.”
Georgia Chapter inductees will be honored during the weekend of next April 27-28. An induction social will be held Saturday, April 27, at Northwood Country Club in Lawrenceville with the induction banquet the following day at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place in Duluth.