Steve Snell to leave Somerset

Head of the SCCC Talent Pathway, Steve Snell will leave Somerset at the end of November to take up the role of Performance Director at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

Steve, who originally joined Somerset as a wicketkeeper in 2011, was appointed as Second XI Coach and Academy Director in the winter of 2014.

During his time at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Steve has, amongst other things, overseen the continued progression of the outstanding Somerset Pathway.

Steve is no stranger to Bristol and will be returning to the County for which he had a successful First Class career.

Although he has chosen to move up the M5, he will take some very special memories with him.

“It’s been such an enjoyable seven years,” he explained. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with everyone at the Club during that time. I’m really excited to be taking on a new challenge, but I will miss Somerset and all the people associated with the Club.

“I would like to thank Matt Maynard and Guy Lavender for entrusting me with the opportunity to work at Somerset in the first instance. It has also been a privilege to work closely with Andy Hurry, who has been extremely supportive and has provided me with many opportunities for growth and development. I take a lot of pride in the journey that we’ve all been on together and I would like to think that the work we have been doing has made a positive difference to Somerset Cricket and has had a significant impact on the players we have worked with within the professional and recreational game.

“I’d like to thank our supporters, commercial partners, National Counties partners, local schools, clubs, parents, players, coaches and staff for all the support that I’ve received during my time at SCCC. I know how much Somerset fans love to see young players progress through the Somerset Pathway and perform well in the First XI, I have no doubt that this will continue long after I have moved on.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Steve should be extremely proud of everything that he has achieved during his time with Somerset. Under his leadership, our Pathway system has continued to develop and to be the envy of the domestic game, and the number of players who have made the successful transition from the Pathway to the First XI speaks for itself.

“Steve is a very popular member of the coaching staff, and he has had a really positive impact on a great number of players and staff during his time at the Club. Throughout his time at Somerset, he has managed to build upon and grow how the Pathway has operated, grow the excellent relationships that we have with our National County partners, as well as overseeing a significant increase in the volume of opportunities our age group players have. We will all miss him, and we wish him all the very best in his next chapter of his career.

“Steve’s departure creates an excellent opportunity for the Club to build upon the platform that is currently in place. We have an outstanding group of coaches involved with the Pathway and we will be working through the process to ensure that a successor continues to grow the continued progression of the outstanding Somerset Pathway. We take great pride in seeing our people grow and develop. In recent years we have seen a number of staff embrace additional responsibilities across the Club including Jason Kerr making the step up and progressing from his role within the Academy successfully.”

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