DEKALB – Barbs football is entering a new era, two-fold: a new head coach and a new conference in 2019.
Keith Snyder, previously DeKalb’s defensive coordinator, assumes the position of head coach following Matt Weckler’s departure. Snyder is no stranger to the Barbs’ recent success on the turf – the program has reached the playoffs in six straight seasons, eyeing a seventh in a row this year.
Snyder will lead this year’s Barbs outfit into the DuPage Valley Conference following the dissolving of the Northern Illinois Big 12. The DVC will be comprised of two Aurora teams (Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley), DeKalb, and three Naperville teams (Central, Neuqua Valley, and North). The Barbs are ready to introduce their winning style of football to their new DVC neighbors, with a head coach who’s familiar to his players.
“(Coach Snyder) always had a lot of success being our defensive coordinator,” says Jalon Redmond, a running back and pass rusher. “Not letting up a lot of points, knowing what he’s doing to start the game…We always say Coach Snyder is a mad scientist on defense. We’re going to be good.”
“The style of football you’ve seen us play, defensively, it’s one that’ll continue,” says mad scientist Snyder. “Eleven playing as one with relentless effort and attitude, with pursuit to the football.”
Coach Snyder continues, “Offensively, we won’t try a lot new. We’ll be up-tempo, we’ll be pistol, we’ll be veer, we’ll do those things and do them as best we can.”
DeKalb begins its season in non-conference play this Friday against Lake Park from Roselle, on the Barbs’ home turf.