Football: Rochester hires Black Hills defensive coordinator Eric Snelson as new head coach

June 2, 2013 

For the second straight year, Rochester High School has hired a Black Hills assistant coach -- this time, it's defensive coordinator Eric Snelson -- as its new football coach.

Snelson had been the Wolves' defensive coordinator and also coached linebackers for head coach Jack Zilla, who resigned at Black Hills in February after 15 seasons. Snelson replaces Chris Barnes, a former Black Hills assistant under Zilla, who resigned after one season at Rochester. Several former Black Hills coaches, including Zilla, are on Snelson's new coaching staff at Rochester.

Snelson is Rochester's seventh coach since the departure of Bob Wollan, now at W.F. West, in 2002, and the fourth coach since 2010. After Paul Christianson stepped down following the 2010 season, Tom Griggs and Barnes each coached for one year in 2011 and '12, respectively. Last fall under Barnes, the Warriors went 2-7.

Snelson, a math teacher, played tight end at Stanford, where he was an All-Pac 10 honorable mention player in 1987. He also played linebacker briefly for the Los Angeles Raiders (1988, '89) and the WFL's San Antonio Riders and Ohio Glory.