and that the district will post the opening as soon as possible.

"We've got several different teaching positions available, and we anticipate getting a lot of quality candidates," Johnson said. "We will try to get this done as soon as possible, but it's more important to get it done right. We want to hire the best person possible who wants to come here. We think we've got an excellent program and school district, and that will be attractive to a lot of people."

Snodgrass guided the Lady Longhorns to a 17-7 record this past season and a berth in the 3A state tournament, their first since 2005, where they lost in the first round to Burlington. All five starters from that squad, as well a every reserve on the team's roster, return for next season so the program will be in excellent shape for her successor.

During her six seasons, Snodgrass guided the Lady Longhorns to an 84-49 record (.632 winning percentage), including a mark of 51-16 the past three seasons.

Johnson said that he did not anticipate the job would be pursued by any in-district candidates. His wife, Shelley, has been an assistant to Snodgrass, but indicated she was not interested in the head coaching position. The Johnsons have five children, and he is also the Longhorns' football coach.

Snodgrass played for the Cimarron Lady Bluejays' 1998 Class 3A state championship team. She attended Garden City Community College and played for the Lady Broncbusters, where she earned Academic All-America honors. She then moved on to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where she earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in secondary education and kinesiology. She played two seasons for the Division I Bearkats.

Before moving to Holcomb and taking the girls' basketball position, she had taught mathematics at Dodge City High School, her first position upon graduating from Sam Houston State. Snodgrass was teaching upper level high school mathematics in USD 363 during her tenure at Holcomb.

"Coach Snodgrass is a proven leader and expressed the type of vision it will require to not only continue the recent successes of the Lady Red Demon basketball program, but possesses the experience and energy necessary to mold the program to fit her high expectations," said DCHS athletic director Jay Gifford in a press release Tuesday afternoon. "Her vision is very similar to many of the other successful individuals in the department."

Snodgrass replaces Justin Briggs, who had guided the Class 6A Lady Red Demons for the past nine seasons and to 103 wins. Briggs has accepted an administrative position at Comanche Middle School in USD 443.

The Lady Demons lost to Maize in the finals of the Class 6A sub-state in Hutchinson earlier this month and completed a 13-9 record. They split their season series with Garden City High School, with each team winning on the other's home floor.

"Dodge is a great situation because I don't have to pick up a program that is down," Snodgrass said. "There's promising youth there, and I am excited."