Sniffin’s a candidate for TD Club Coach of the Year

By Michael Sudhalter

Brett Sniffin

Brett Sniffin

Ridge Point High head football coach Brett Sniffin has made a great case for Touchdown Club of Houston Coach of the Year.

Sniffin, one of 10 finalists for the honor, has Ridge Point in the state semifinals for the first time ever.

“Receiving the Coach of the Year honor means that I have a great support system from administration to assistant coaches and especially the players,” Sniffin said.

The Panthers will play undefeated Cedar Park (14-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium.

The TD Club Coach of the Year Award will be announced at a banquet tonight at the JW Marriott in Houston.

Sniffin was a finalist last season after leading Ridge Point to a 12-1 record. Last season, co-winners were announced for the first time since 1997 – Crosby head coach Jeff Riordan and Spring Westfield head coach Corby Meekins, who’s now an assistant at the University of Houston.

Of the other finalists, only George Ranch’s Ricky Tullos and North Shore’s John Kay still have teams in the postseason.

While last season’s Ridge Point team had high expectations, few expected the 2015 squad to make a deep playoff run.

After graduating most of its seniors, Ridge Point started 0-2 and despite handing Stratford its only loss of the regular season, the Panthers could never crack the Texas Football 5A Top 25.

They won the 5A-23 Championship before advancing to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

Sniffin is an Iowa native who served as offensive coordinator on Clements High’s state quarterfinal team in 2007 before starting the Ridge Point program in 2010.

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