Keith Snyder, DeKalb
The Barbs went from an also-ran to a fixture in the playoffs under head coach Matt Weckler, who announced he was stepping down after six seasons to spend more time with his family.
Now his defensive coordinator of the past two years takes over looking to prove the success of the Barbs can withstand a coaching change.
"I think right now to keep consistency in the program, that was really important," Snyder said. "I know the administration really wanted to see consistency, keeping coordinators in the same positions."
It's the first head coach gig for Snyder, who played at Kaneland and was an assistant there before coming to the Barbs.
The Barbs were 49-18 and made the playoffs each year under Weckler, who decided to step down as head coach after this season while remaining a teacher at the school. He'll also help out the team in an administrative capacity, Snyder said.
The Barbs won only 31 games between 1994 and Weckler's arrival in 2013. The program had made only one playoff appearance since 1990.
And like Ponx, Snyder said coaching skills translate across all levels and positions.
"When you get down to it, coaching ball is coaching ball," Snyder said. "It's something you love doing, you love teaching, you love coaching. When kids are passionate, like the DeKalb kids are, it made it easy to make the transition. These kids want to be successful, they want to work hard and they're passionate about their school. And that's made it easy since the moment I got here."