Boys Basketball: Snyder surprisingly turns down Grandview job week after accepting it

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AURORA | Grandview is back in search of a boys basketball coach, after announcing Dan Snyder had decided to decline the job after previously accepting it a week earlier.

Snyder, who coached the past eight seasons at Arapahoe — where he had the best record among any Centennial League coach over the past six seasons — was named the new coach for the Wolves on April 19 and said he was ready for a “new and different opportunity” in the post following Gary Childress, who stepped down after 16 season.

The hiring itself was a surprise to many, but so was the statement Grandview received this week from Snyder, saying he would not be taking the job, after all, due to “personal reasons.” The school is still sorting out details, but passed along Snyder’s statement to the Aurora Sentinel, which read:

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Former Arapahoe boys basketball coach Dan Snyder told Grandview he would not be coaching the school’s team a week after accepting the position. (Photo from arapahoehoops.com)

“My decision to decline the opportunity at Grandview is based solely on my own feelings and is not a reflection of Grandview in any way.

“I sincerely apologize to the Grandview community for the inconvenience that my decision has caused. Grandview is an excellent school and I believe the coaching position there is one of the most desirable high school coaching jobs in the state. I know they will find an excellent coach to lead their program.

“At this time, I have decided to step away from high school coaching for awhile. At some point in the future, I may decide to return to coaching or I will possibly pursue other endeavors.”

Snyder followed up with the Sentinel, emphasizing that he wasn’t facing a serious medical issue or anything like that, rather that he’d just changed his mind. He received a flood of texts and emails asking if he was OK after news broke that he turned down the Grandview job.

Snyder had a 66-18 record in Centennial League play in the past six seasons while at Arapahoe and owned an 11-1 career mark against Grandview. He led the Warriors to six consecutive trips to at least the Great 8 round of the Class 5A boys state basketball playoffs.

Grandview has had only one coach in its 16-year varsity history, as Childress directed it from day one. He led the Wolves to a 216-165 overall record — including 15-10 in the 2013-14 season — and guided the program to the 5A Final Four three times.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel