Chopticon team dedicates season to late coach
Late coach O’Grady’s impact on Braves is everlasting
By MICHAEL REID firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Snyder was puzzled.
The Chopticon High School freshman barely saw the playing field in his first season with the football team, yet here was this coach asking him if he wanted to play at the next level?
“He came up to me and he asked me if I wanted to play college football and [with me] being barely  feet tall and about a 160 pounds and not getting much time I said, ‘I guess,’” Snyder said. “But he was being dead serious and said, ‘I think you’ve got a shot if you work for it.’ He pushed me and he’d always pull me aside and say, ‘I’m going to be on you, but it’s because I know you have potential and I know what you can do as an athlete.’”
With Jimmy O’Grady pushing him, Snyder became a starter his sophomore year, and now the senior has an offer from an NAIA school and is talking to NCAA Division I schools.
The 35-year-old assistant coach, who ran the weight room, died tragically in February following a drowning accident.
“As good as he was as a coach he was even better as a speed trainer,” said Chopticon head coach Tony Lisanti, wearing a red-and-black R.I.P. Jimmy
The Chopticon football team will be dedicating its season in honor of former assistant coach Jimmy O’Grady, who died in a drowning accident in February. O’Grady is pictured at left talking with Kharim Mitchell.