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Snyder heads home _ sort of

Former University of South Florida women's basketball star Angie Snyder will have a homecoming of sorts on Dec. 7.

Snyder was hired Thursday as an occupational specialist and head girls basketball coach at Port Charlotte High, a rival of her alma mater, Englewood-Lemon Bay. The two schools play twice a year and will meet for the first time next season on Dec. 7.

"I'll be coaching against my high school coach (Dan Jeffers) and we're really great friends," Snyder said, sounding optimistic for a mere second.

"I'm very proud of Angie," said Jeffers. "It will be a very friendly rivalry between two real competitive people. For me, the most enjoyable contest has been when we play Naples. I'm real good friends with the coach (Dave Walker) there. Now, Port Charlotte's going to replace that."

Jeffers couldn't help but add that during his eight years, Lemon Bay, a Class 3A school, has lost just once to 4A Port Charlotte.

Snyder will certainly have a tall task, regardless of who the opponent is. Port Charlotte won just three games last year and it lost its three best players to graduation.

Snyder said her four-year playing career and one-year stint as a graduate assistant under USF coach Trudi Lacey have prepared her.

"Definitely, the No. 1 thing I've learned is to be organized," said Snyder, who finished second all-time in scoring (1,773 points) and assists (315) and set school records for three-pointers (159), three-point field-goal percentage (.445) and free-throw percentage (.850).

"And we're going to do a lot of things together. I'm bringing them to Trudi's camp, and what I'd like to do is bring them up a day early and go to Adventure Island or something so we can bond."

But Snyder, 22, said she has seen coaches who try to be just "buddies" with the their players _ a mistake she won't make. She'll be professional in her dealings.

"That's what I liked," she said.

Jeffers said Snyder, who's organized and hard-working, will be a great addition to the teaching and coaching pool in the area.

"I'm real excited," Snyder said. "To get a chance to work with girls and have a big influence on them it's going to be fun."

Upon further review: Although the sports information department initially reported that USF and Virginia Tech tied for the Metro Conference men's all-sports award, a retabulation showed that the Bulls lost by half a point.

Virginia Tech also won the women's award.

Odds and ends: Midfielder Steinar Kvifte, a finance major from Lillesand, Norway, was named to the GTE Academic All-America men's at-large third team.

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