Athletics

Our athletic program is top notch

In 2013, 90% 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.

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

SNEAD STATE ATHLETICS QUICK FACTS

SPORTS

Volleyball, Dance, Cheerleading, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Tennis
LOCATION Boaz, AL
FOUNDED
1898
PRESIDENT
Dr. Robert Exley (2008)
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Mark Richard
ENROLLMENT
2300
MASCOT
Parson
COLORS
Blue and Gold
ATHLETIC FACILITIES

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










A message from Snead State Athletic Director, Mark Richard

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 on the court. They have been in the classroom as well, and those are the successes that demonstrate Snead State Community College’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. We set a goal of graduating 60 percent of the freshmen enrolled in Fall 2011 by 2013. The national average for students to graduate from a community college in three years is less than 35 percent.

Of the freshmen enrolled in 2011, 68 percent of them earned their degree by the summer 2013. The average grade point average of our athletes was 3.10 in the spring 2013, which is higher than the average Snead State student. During last year, we had seven student athletes to be named NJCAA Academic Student-Athletes. Three different SSCC teams also received All-Academic Team accolades. This is what we call success!

Add to that highly competitive seasons during which our baseball team made it to the State Tournament for the second year in a row and our tennis team won the State Championship and competed at the national level for the sixth consecutive time. New coaches are making their mark, and our veteran coaches are enjoying continued success. Snead State has the best gym atmosphere in the State due to our athletes, the student body, our cheerleaders, dancers, and foremost, our Jazz Band. Everyone works together to provide excellent home court advantage for our teams.

SSCC’s student athletes also serve as examples of the College’s service learning philosophy. Last year, our athletes gave of their time to work with school reading programs, to volunteer with the Special Olympics, to assist with local animal shelters and to spend time with residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes. They participated in a variety of events outside of their regular season games, and those events served to bring people to Snead’s campus and make people aware of the positive things the College is doing. From athletic tournaments to camps and clinics, our athletes worked with the young people of our community while at the same time raising money for their respective programs.

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 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. We hold them to a high citizenship standard so they set the example of the difference a productive and dedicated individual can make in the community. No matter how high our standards, our athletes have the ability and commitment to meet those standards. To our athletes, I want to wish you good luck this season. You are on the right track for a bright and positive future. Go Parsons!

Mark Richard, Athletic Director
Phone: 256-840-4110
E-mail: mrichard@snead.edu