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Father-daughter duo heading out together

Tony Snapp has been at the helm of David Crockett soccer for 18 years, the last four of which were spent with his daughter, Brooklyn, serving as the team’s goal keeper.
As his only child closes the final chapter on her high school soccer career, so too, will the long tenured coach.
Snapp is choosing to step away from the Pioneer soccer program in order to keep up with his daugher as she moves on to the collegiate level.
While Snapp made his departure known before the start of the girls’ regular season, he opened up about the decision, his time at Crockett and the privilege of coaching his daughter earlier this month, shortly after Brooklyn signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Milligan College.
Brooklyn, Crockett’s starting goal keeper since her sophomore season, never fully believed her father would follow through with his decision to step away from the program when her time at the school was over.
“He had told me since the time I was little that when I was done, he was done,” Brooklyn said. “I never thought he would follow through with it because he loves the sport and enjoys coaching so much.”
As it turns out, Snapp held true to his promise.
“Crockett has meant a lot to me for a long time. It is my alma mater. I played here in ‘87 and then was given the privilege to coach,” he said. “But now I’ll be at Milligan watching her.”
Brooklyn’s signing is bittersweet according to her father. “She’s been playing since she was 8 years old,” Snapp said. “This is definitely a wonderful moment for all of us, but Brooklyn is our only child. It is definitely bittersweet to see her grow up and move on.”
Brooklyn began her soccer career at Crockett as a midfielder her freshman year.
After rehabbing a torn ACL over the summer, she returned to the Pioneers as a goal keeper to begin her sophomore campaign where she earned all-conference honors in her first year at the position.
She remained at the spot her junior and senior seasons.
Milligan soccer coach Lisa Buckley said she followed Brooklyn throughout her time at Crockett, eventually offering her a scholarship.
“I have known Brooklyn for a long time and kept tabs on her,” Buckley said. “I have watched her grow as a player. She is definitely an athlete and with a father as a coach, knows the game well and has been around it all of her life.”
Brooklyn will enter Milligan as the third goal keeper on the team next fall and won’t have a bigger fan than her father.
“She’s in a different ball game now,” Snapp said. “She’ll have to earn her playing time and work hard and she knows that.”
As for Brooklyn, signing a scholarship with Milligan is surreal for the Crockett senior.
“I have always liked Milligan and wanted to pursue an education there. I definitely feel overwhelmed,” Brooklyn said. “I was skeptical whether or not I would get a scholarship offer, but I love the atmosphere and it’s not far from home. It’s really Christian oriented and everyone is easy to approach.”
Brooklyn plans to major in education and minor in photography. She hopes to one day teach high school. For now, she is just glad to become a part of Milligan College.
“It is nice being close to home,” Brooklyn said. “I’ll be able to head home for a home-cooked meal from time to time.”
What she won’t have anymore, is her dad as her coach.
“I got the privilege of having him as a coach on the field and a motivator at home,” she said. “It was a rewarding experience.”
Aside from soccer, Brooklyn enjoys swimming and competing in pageants, where she currently holds the title of Miss Appalachian Fair. She also enjoys volunteering and is part of the Beta Club at Crockett.
The Snapps’ departure will summon a new beginning for soccer at Crockett.
Dean Hogan, an assistant under Snapp, will take over as head coach for the boys’ program this spring and the girls’ team next fall.
“He’s (Snapp) been here for so long I think everyone here is accustomed to what he has done for the program,” Hogan said. “I am going to come in and hopefully build on the groundwork that he has laid.”