Chris Snoddy worked as a student trainer for the Lipscomb athletics teams and also spent several years after graduation with the athletics department as the head trainer and a teacher in the kinesiology deparment. Snoddy, a member of the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame, spent some time to talk with Lipscombsports.com about his time on campus.
What years were you involved in athletics at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
I was a student trainer from 1977 to 1981 and then worked at Lipscomb from 1982 until 1992. I worked with every sport at both the college and the high school.
I worked with Ken Dugan in baseball, Don Meyer and Frank Bennett in basketball, Tom Hanvy in gymnastics. Trish Duty in tennis and Duane Slaughter in badminton.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
The baseball team’s national championship in 1979 and the men’s basketball national championship in 1986.
The fondest memories also include the working relationships I had with our athletes and our coaches. I still see a lot of those people and I miss those that are gone.
Sometimes a trainer is the closest confidant for an athlete. You see their fears about whether or not they are going to be able to play and how they are going to make it work. Sometimes a guy has a bad game. You are staying late in the athletic training room and it is just you and that player. I would try to give them a word of encouragement to continue on.
There is a lot of doubt that goes on in athletics.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your career at Lipscomb? How?
Coach Dugan and coach Meyer were the two I dealt with the most. They both had a tremendous influence on me. There are not two days that go by that I don’t think of something that they said that I don’t share with a coach or an athlete.
I learned life lessons from them like how to handle the tough defeats and how to handle the big wins. The `what’s next’ mentality and `what’s important now’ are the two big things I think I learned from them.
You can only lament about a loss so much and then you have to move on. The toughest thing is a season-ending loss.
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
The relationships I had with the Bible faculty at the lunch table in the faculty-staff dining room when I was working here have to be highlights. These were guys who had taught Bible and guys who knew the Bible. I got to see them in a different light. They would cut up, but there would always be Biblical references.
They would bring up a story from the Bible and ask an in-depth question. Dr. Harvey Floyd would say in the Greek text it says this and in the Latin text it says this. Then Dr. Rodney Cloud would respond. Marlin Connelly was there. Leo Snow was there. They would cut up but there would also be some real Bible substance there. I might have got more of a graduate education on the Bible sitting at lunch with them than some of our Bible students did.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
Treat people like you want to be treated and to do the right thing.
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
In the old days we didn’t have an athletic training major so I majored in Business. Dr. Axel Swang was my favorite professor. I don’t know if it was because he used to be a baseball coach and I could relate to him that way or because he had a love for athletics. He was very good.
Dr. Batsell Barrett Baxter was also a favorite. He could time the class perfectly. He started on time. He ended on time. His lectures were just perfect. They were like TV productions. You could tell that both he and Dr. Swang really cared about people.
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
I work for STAR Physical Therapy and manage 13 athletic trainers on the north side of I-40.
I am the new president of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society, a two-year term. I represent 751 members of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society. I am also in their hall of fame.
I also work as the athletics trainer at Goodpasture High School dealing with 26 high school and middle school sports and approximately 350 athletes.
Tell us about your family.
I am single.