Wiesbaden senior Snyder signs to play soccer at the Citadel
May 26, 2007
Wiesbaden senior Dominic Snyder has signed a letter of intent to play soccer for the Citadel and will receive financial aid.
Snyder, who played on a German soccer club as well as the high school team, signed the letter last week. According to Steve Jewell, a Wiesbaden coach, Snyder will receive $22,000 per year.
The signing put an end to the spring anxiety most DODDS-Europe athletes experience when trying to catch on with stateside athletic programs.
“I was pretty nervous at the beginning of May,” Snyder said.
Snyder, 18, used her German club experience and a visit to a no-fee recruiting Web site to land the scholarship.
“I went to berecruited.com on the Web last February,” Snyder said by telephone Wednesday. “The coach (Citadel women’s coach Bob Winch) and I e-mailed back and forth. I finally gave him the Web site of my German club (SG Germania Wiesbaden) and he offered me a scholarship.”
Snyder, a defender, said Winch told her he’d like her to think about playing forward for the Bulldogs, who scored only nine goals while going 1-17-2 last fall.
Snyder came to Wiesbaden as a sophomore with just a year’s soccer experience under her belt. She contacted the German club as soon as she arrived in country.
“My great-aunt is German,” Snyder said. “She took me to the club and got me started.”
She said transitioning between German soccer to her high school team was sometimes a challenge.
“On our German team, we aren’t allowed to dribble,” she said. “After two dribbles, you have to pass the ball.”
Snyder said she’d never considered the Citadel, a South Carolina college that describes itself as a liberal arts school in a military environment, until she heard from Winch. She thinks she can handle the military aspects of the next phase of her life.
“Wearing a uniform every day — honestly, I don’t think it will be problem,” she said.