Beyond replacing their quarterback and top wide receiver, the Wildcats will also have a new play caller on the sidelines. BGA has hired Zachary Schneider as their new offensive coordinator.
Schneider comes to Mack Hatcher Parkway from his alma mater, Washington High School in Washington, Missouri, where he served as head coach for the last seven years. During his time as head coach, Schneider took the Blue Jays to the playoffs three times during his seven year tenure, including the first postseason trip in 10 years. His teams have been known for their offensive firepower, with two all-state quarterbacks and two all-state running backs during his tenure as head coach. Before his time as head coach, he served as assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Washington and at Logan-Rogersville High School in Missouri.
Schneider played quarterback at Northwest Missouri State and Central Methodist. He also later coached at CMU. Schneider graduated from Central Methodist, before receiving his Masters of Education Administration from Missouri Baptist University. He has 12 years of teaching experience in history and social studies. Over the past two years, Schneider served as chair of the social studies department. Schneider and his wife Mandy have two young children.
“We cast a wide net for the position to ensure we were able to identify the right fit not only for our football program but also our school,” said Roc Batten, BGA’s head football coach. “Zach has proven success on the field and in the classroom and we are excited to have him at BGA.”
“It was a difficult decision to make this transition but I felt BGA offered a tremendous opportunity for me and my family,” said Schneider. “I really have a passion for play calling and developing young men from the offensive side of the ball. I’m looking forward to bringing that passion to BGA, a school that has an incredible tradition and competes in a great division.”
Schneider replaces David Peden, who is stepping down as offensive coordinator to focus on his position as head basketball coach and leader of BGA’s new Entrepreneurial Leadership program. Despite the key losses on offense, playmakers such as Jaylen Frierson and Joseph Pasley return for the Wildcats and give them the capability to continue to compete at a high level this coming season.
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