MEET OUR COACH
head coach cornelius snead
Coach Cornelius Snead enters his 15th year as a basketball coach. He found his passion for the sport while playing at Herndon High School in Herndon, Virginia. Throughout his time as a coach, he has worked with both boys and girls at various levels to include varsity, junior varsity, and AAU.
Coach Snead attended Liberty University, where he focused on Multidisciplinary Studies, which led him to another one of his passions: working with students with intellectual disabilities as a behavioral specialist. His career as a behavior specialist has taught him a great deal about patience, communication, motivation, and versatility in teaching methods, all things that directly correlate to his coaching style.
His focus does not rest with an athlete's on-the-court success: Coach Snead takes an incredible interest in their off-the-court success as well. He prides himself on developing great student athletes, emphasizing good study habits as well as overall health and wellness. Coach Snead believes that coaching for life's off-the-court experiences is just as important as coaching on the court.
Coach Snead has coached over 20 young women who have gone on to play at the Division 1 level, a host of others who have played at the Division 2 or 3 level, and still more who were able to secure academic scholarships to continue their education. As both a certified personal trainer and a certified strength and conditioning coach, he understands that basketball begins off the court with a healthy lifestyle, with balanced nutrition and workout regimens.
Coach Snead is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and he also has played an important role on the college level. He has spent the past 10 years working alongside the University of North Carolina women’s basketball coaching staff, serving as a coach during the girls' summer camps. Coach Snead enjoys working with young players and not only teaching them basketball skills, but using the game he loves to teach players valuable life lessons, and he looks forward to being a part of the growth and success of the Middleburg Academy program for many years to come.