Our athletic program is top notch

In 2015, 92% of sophomore athletes GRADUATED!

Athletic competition is an important part of the Complete College Experience at Snead State. Athletics is one of the most important aspects of creating a fun and exciting campus life. The Parsons have won state, regional and national titles. The athletic program at Snead State is well-supported and respected in the community. Academic success is the primary goal of each and every student athlete and member of the Athletic Department staff. The athletic program is committed to assisting the College in its top priority of having students earn their Associate degree at Snead State. Student athletes learn the important values and morals that will help them succeed in their careers.

For a list of our Academic All-Americans, please click here. To see athletes who have gone on to play at a four-year college or university and/or professionally, please click here.

Snead State Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC).



Volleyball, Dance, Cheerleading, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Tennis
Dr. Robert Exley (2008)
Mark Richard
Blue and Gold

Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium, Plunkett Field (Baseball), Lady Parsons Field (Softball), Snead State Tennis Court

A message from Snead State Athletic Director, Mark Richard

Thanks to the support and commitment of our fans, donors and community, Snead State Community College has been able to take big strides toward our goal of providing a first class student-athlete experience.

We have enjoyed a number of successes last year that we hope to continue this year. Those successes haven’t been just on the field or court. They have been in the classroom as well, and those are the successes that demonstrate Snead State’s commitment to providing the complete college experience for our students - including our student-athletes.

The athletic program is committed to assisting the College in its top priority of having students earn their Associate degree at Snead State. Of the freshmen enrolled in 2012, 62 percent of them earned their degree by this summer. The average grade point average of our student-athletes was 3.17, which is higher than the average Snead State student. During last year, we had eight student-athletes to be named NJCAA Academic Student-Athletes.

Four teams held team grade point averages above 3.0 – Tennis (3.67), Softball (3.49), Volleyball (3.29) and Baseball (3.15).  The baseball team had a 100-percent graduation rate for 2014. For the first time in program history, all 20 sophomores graduated with their Associate degree. As a program, 71-percent of Snead State’s student-athletes graduated. This is a tremendous accomplishment as the national graduation rate for community college students is less than 35-percent.

Like I mentioned, we’ve had success in the classroom and on the court. Four teams have conference winning percentages of over 50-percent: Tennis (60-percent), Baseball (57-percent), Volleyball (56-percent) and Softball (50-percent). It’s a top priority for Snead State coaches to recruit student-athletes from our community and surrounding areas. Over 80-percent of Snead State’s athletic scholarship recipients are from an area within 60 miles of Boaz.

Our baseball team finished second in the ACCC North, which sent them to the state tournament for the third year in a row. Sixteen baseball players have signed with a four-year university over the past two years, and two players received All-American honors. For the seventh year in a row, our tennis team captured the state championship and competed at the national level. For the first time in program history, the softball team earned a spot to play in the state tournament.

New coaches are making their mark at Snead State, and our veteran coaches are enjoying continued success. Coaches are expected to raise money throughout the year to help offset the costs of operating a top-notch athletic program. Just in the past year, the athletic teams raised almost $94,000, which is a testament to the support our program receives from the community.  

Our student-athletes also serve as examples of the College’s service learning philosophy. Last year, our student-athletes spent hours working school reading programs, volunteering with the Special Olympics, assisting with local animal shelters and spending time with residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes. They participated in a variety of events outside of their regular season games. Those events brought people to Snead State’s campus and made them aware of the positive things the College is doing.

The standards we have set for our student-athletes are more stringent that those set by the NJCAA, but we believe those standards serve to make our students better competitors and better members of society. We hold our student-athletes to a high academic standard so they can achieve their goals and demonstrate sportsmanship and the accomplishments that come through hard work and sacrifice.

Mark Richard, Athletic Director
Phone: 256-840-4110

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