ABILENE, Texas — Her dream growing up was to coach basketball, but former Melrose High standout Veronica Snow has been away from it for six years while teaching at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and working on her doctorate in sports management.
Recently, though, the 1982 Melrose graduate accepted the women’s head coaching position at Division III McMurry University, also in Abilene. She served as an assistant coach at McMurry from 1996-2001.
“I have a love for McMurry; I absolutely love the place,” said Snow, 43. “When I was there, it was a special place because of the people who worked there and the students.
“And I have a passion for basketball — I have since I was young, and the opportunity to get back into the sport is a dream come true.”
Snow, then Veronica Dickerson, helped Melrose win state small-school track titles as a junior and senior and volleyball and basketball crowns her senior year.
“Ever since seventh grade, I’ve wanted to coach basketball,” she said. “All my coaches knew that’s all I wanted to do.”
After playing volleyball and basketball for two years at the junior college level in Arizona, she transferred to Hardin-Simmons and played basketball.
Her only previous head coaching experience was at Merkel High School near Abilene from 1993-96, before taking an assistant’s position at McMurry under coach Sam Nichols, who retired last month after going 199-114 in 12 seasons at the school.
“McMurry is a great place,” she said. “I’ve had a great relationship with the girls I coached there before, and these kids are a lot like those kids.”
McMurry made the Division III playoffs each of the last two seasons, compiling a 50-8 record. Snow inherits a strong corps of returning players.
“She was selected because of her experience as a coach and her thinking about athletics and academics,” athletic director Bill Libby said in a release from the school. “She made a powerful presentation about McMurry University and her desire to be a part of that.”
She is the sixth coach in the program’s history.