DeKALB – With an unprecedented record of success the past six seasons under Matt Weckler, new DeKalb head football coach Keith Snyder said he isn’t looking to change a lot of how the Barbs do things on the field.
Snyder, the defensive coordinator for the Barbs the past two seasons, was approved as coach by the DeKalb School District 428 Board on Tuesday. He said he’s going to try to keep as much consistency in the program as possible. He will keep his role as defensive coordinator, Tyler Bell will remain as offensive coordinator and Weckler will be the director of football operations.
“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.”
DeKalb athletic director Peter Goff said stability was a priority in the coaching search. 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.
The Barbs won only 31 games between 1994 and Weckler’s arrival in 2013. The program had made only one playoff appearance since 1990.
Goff said the team looked at eight finalists, two of whom dropped out to take other head coaching jobs.
“We feel Keith is a good fit for our kids,” Goff said. “You don’t want to mess a good thing up. This should be a seamless transition.”