BOAZ – Tracy Grindrod has been appointed as the new softball coach at Snead State Community College.
Grindrod succeeds Coach Lisa Bright, who resigned in January after her husband accepted a new position in South Carolina.
Coach Grindrod comes to Snead State after serving 9 years as the assistant softball coach for the highly competitive Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. He helped guide the Lady Lions to the National Championship in 2013 and 2008, two runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010, a third place finish in 2012 and seven Alabama Community College State and Region XXII Championships.
"Tracy's coaching credentials are unquestionable. His philosophy of high academic standards, community involvement and developing young student-athletes into mature adults, aligns perfectly with the College's philosophy," said Athletic Director Mark Richard. "He's going to be a perfect fit, and we are beyond excited to welcome him to Snead State."
Coach Grindrod's coaching experience dates back to 1988 when he first began coaching slow-pitch softball. He has been coaching fast-pitch softball since 1996.
In addition to coaching at Wallace Hanceville, he also coached competitive travel softball. While at the helm of the Huntsville Sharks, he has accumulated a 272-120-12 record. His team won the 2004 NSA Class "A" National Championship for 18 and under, as well as the 2004 and 2005 18U ASA State Title for Alabama. The 2005 Huntsville Sharks finished 11th at the ASA Nationals. The Sharks have been a successful organization that has led its players to over 60 college softball scholarships.
"I am happy and excited about being the new head coach at Snead State," said Coach Grindrod. "I am stepping into a program with tradition and that has been improving each year under Coach Bright.
"I look forward to continuing the tradition and to helping build Snead softball into a program where each of the local high school players wants to come to start their collegiate softball and academic career. We will strive to be in the top 10 academically each season and be competitive on the field as well."
Tracy is a member of the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association. He currently works for the United States Government as a Program Analyst at Redstone Arsenal. He is certified as a Department of Defense Acquisition Corp professional.
He is a graduate of Capella University with a Master's degree in Instructional Design and Online Learning. He received his Bachelor's degree in Education from Athens State University. He is retired from the U.S. Army, where he was a First Sergeant and specialized in electronic maintenance. He is married to the former Darcie Musick and resides in Huntsville. They have two grown daughters, Anya and Ashley, and one grandson, Owen.