JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin has named Brenden Schneider the school’s next head softball coach.
“This is my home. I’ve been here for five years…and I’ve grown to love the place,” Schneider says, “This was kind of one of those things that when it came open I had to jump at it. I was very excited and thankfully I was picked for the job.”
Schneider has been with the school for the last five seasons.
He’s served as an assistant coach for the baseball program for all five years – but he’s no stranger to the Joplin softball program.
Schneider has also served as an assistant softball coach for Joplin in three of those five years.
“I fell in love with the game watching my wife play in college,” Schneider says of returning to the softball diamond, “My first job at Kickapoo I got because of softball. I love the speed of the game and the way it’s played. You’re in a small, confined space. I enjoy it so much. As a pitching guy, I love all the different pitches you can throw. Everything you see in the game is so unique, but the speed of the game is really what drew me to softball.”
He takes over for Manny Flores, who led the Eagles to their first winning season in six years last fall.
“He did such a great job here,” Schneider says of coach Flores, “I just want to thank coach Flores for everything that he’s done. I think it shouldn’t be understated the things he has done and the time he’s put into the program the last few years. As a former assistant of his, everything he has taught me has helped me get to this point. Between him and (Joplin baseball head coach) Kyle Wolf, they’ve really been great mentors for me. I’m really happy I’m able to step in as a head coach peer with coach Wolf and coach Flores and continue a really good legacy of Joplin softball.”
As for his philosophy heading into his first year leading the Joplin softball program.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun. I think that’s the biggest thing,” Schneider finishes, “Every year I’ve been here, the program has improved. We’re just trying to have fun and play hard and do things the right way. We’re going to continue to move this program forward…with good team chemistry and hard work.”
Schneider says he will continue to serve as an assistant baseball coach for the Eagles.
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