Illinois baseball coach Snider headed to Louisville
UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. Tuesday
Illinois coach Dan Hartleb on Snider leaving the Illini to join the Louisville program.
"I am extremely happy for Eric and his family. Eric has been an integral part of our program for the past 16 years. His work ethic and knowledge of the game of baseball has been a great asset to our program and to many players. I know he will continue to be highly successful in the coaching profession. We all thank Eric for his time, effort and hard work at the University of Illinois and we all wish him the best in his future years."
CHAMPAIGN — Eric Snider completed his 16th season with the Illinois baseball team — and sixth as associate head coach — this spring.
There won’t be a 17th. Snider has been named the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at Louisville. His son, Jake, tweeted congratulations on his dad’s new job on Monday night. Eric Snider’s hire will likely be formally announced at Louisville today.
Jake Snider was a first team News-Gazette All-Area selection this spring as a sophomore at Central after earning unanimous All-Big 12 Conference honors for the second straight year. He struck out just five times in 136 plate appearances for the Maroons, had a team-high 19 doubles and finished second on the team with a .440 batting average.
Eric Snider will replace Chris Lemonis at Louisville. Lemonis was named the head coach at Indiana on July 2. Louisville finished last season 50-17 and advanced to the College World Series.
Illinois went 32-21 this spring with a 17-7 mark in the Big Ten — good for third in the conference and the program’s best conference mark since the Big Ten went to a 24-game league schedule.
Eric Snider certainly has the background to step in as the Cardinals’ recruiting coordinator and succeed. He recruited four of the five highest-drafted position players in Illinois history — Chris Robinson, Lars Davis, Kyle Hudson and Brandon Wikoff — and also recruited three Big Ten Players of the Year, five All-Americans and seven Freshman All-Americans, including shortstop Adam Walton this past season.