New BC coach Hubbard tabs coordinators

By Steve Sell
January 06, 2015

LINDSBORG — New Bethany College football coach Paul Hubbard has announced his new offensive and defensive coordinators, both of whom have a background at the Kansas small-college level.

Chris Snyder, the one-time offensive coordinator at Kansas Wesleyan, has assumed the same position with the Swedes while Lavell Jackson, formerly at Missouri Valley and MidAmerica Nazarene, is the new defensive coordinator.

"I am excited to bring coach Snyder on our coaching staff. He brings a great wealth of knowledge from his previous stints as a coordinator at Kansas Wesleyan and also being the head coach at Mendocino College," Hubbard said. "He will bring a style of offense that will be fun and exciting to play for and watch, but also match our mentality of being a tough, physical team."

Snyder has been an offensive coordinator for 10 years at the collegiate level. He has also coached the quarterback position at a college level for 15 years, while coaching receivers for eight years.

Snyder was the quarterback and wide receiver coach last year at Independence Community College. Prior to that, he spent a season as the head football coach at Mendocino College in California. From 2009 to December 2012, he was the assistant head coach at Kansas Wesleyan University. During his three seasons with the Coyotes, Snyder had responsibilities as an offensive coordinator, a quarterbacks coach and a recruiting coordinator.

"I am grateful and blessed to be coaching at Bethany College,” Snyder said. “The football tradition at Bethany is great and I am excited to be a part of the legacy. I am a believer in the small-college atmosphere and I am extremely excited to start working with coach Hubbard."

From 2004 to 2009, he served his first stint at Mendocino College, that time as the offensive coordinator focusing on quarterbacks and receivers. Snyder also spent three season as a quarterbacks coach at Doane College. He has been an instructor at various stops throughout his career.

Snyder is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and has completed the NAIA Champions of Character/NAIA Character Driven Coaching Course. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications and Sociology from Doane College and a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jackson is going to bring energy to the defensive coordinator post.

"I am excited to get coach Jackson on staff,” Hubbard said. “He is a young, up-and-coming coach who has tutored under some great defensive coordinators. He has played football at the highest level, winning two national titles.”

Jackson was at Missouri Valley College for the 2014 football season as a defensive backs coach and academic coordinator. Prior to his time at Missouri Valley College, he worked at the University of Sioux Falls as a cornerbacks coach. Jackson has also spent time as a graduate assistant defensive backs coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University during the same time Hubbard was the defensive coordinator. He was also an assistant defensive backs coach in the 2010 football season at the University of Sioux Falls.

"I am blessed to be a part of the football tradition," Jackson said. "I am looking forward to the success we will have on and off the football field. I am happy to get here and ready to start working."

Jackson was an electrifying athlete during his playing days and was a national champion at the University of Sioux Falls in both 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Jackson was also a team captain, a Great Plains Athletic Conference All-Conference punt returner and was ranked first in punt returns nationally.

As a coach, he was part of a coaching staff at Sioux Falls in 2010 which produced the No. 1-ranked defense and appeared in the national championship game. While at MidAmerica Nazarene in 2012, the Pioneers’ defense was first in pass defense, first in pass defense efficiency, and was ranked 14th in overall defense in the NAIA.

Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Sioux Falls in 2010. He also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from MidAmerica Nazarene University in May 2013.