Jesse Snyder has called a reversal.
After three successful seasons as head football coach at Stockton, Snyder will return to Princeton as an assistant. He spent nine years at PHS previously, five as head coach, before departing for Stockton in 2017.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to return to a place I care about and spent so much time at,” Snyder said. “I have a lot of respect for those guys (at PHS). I’m excited to join that culture that Ryan (Pearson) has grown.”
Snyder, who taught P.E. at PHS before, will teach Special Ed for the first time. He will coach the outside linebackers at PHS and “be able to impact players in a little different way.”
Pearson, who succeeded Snyder as head coach at PHS, said he is excited to bring him back to join his staff.
“He cares about our kids, our school and our community and is very passionate about the game of football. Those things are very important to me,” Pearson said.
“We’re glad to have him back in the Jungle.”
Snyder led Stockton to a 22-10 record in three seasons with three playoff appearances and two conference championships. Stockton also posted its 600th all-time victory during this time.
The Blackhawks finished 7-4 in 2019, reaching the second round of the 1A playoffs, before falling to Freeport Aquin 27-18.
Snyder was at Princeton from 2008-16, posting a 19-29 record in five seasons as head coach (2012-16). He directed the Tigers to a school record 11-0 start in 2015 before falling in the 3A semifinals to Elmhurst Immaculate Conception 37-12.
Snyder will become the third former head coach on the Tiger staff, joining Tyler Nichols (Kewanee) and Dave Moore (PHS/Bureau Valley).