Valencia Vikings head baseball coach Jared Snyder is on leave from teaching and coaching, according to Gail Pinsker, the Public Relations Officer for the Wm. S. Hart Union School District.
“The Hart School District confirms that Valencia High School assistant baseball coach Michael Killinger has assumed the Valencia High School head baseball coaching responsibilities while Coach Jared Snyder is on leave,” Pinsker said in a statement.
According to a source with knowledge of the investigation, Snyder is on administrative leave while district officials conduct a further investigation into a parental complaint.
The leave is effective today, Hart district officials said.
An initial investigation into a parent’s accusation that there was a misappropriation of funds revealed there might be evidence to support the allegation, said a source with knowledge of the investigation.
SCVTV was able to speak with Snyder on the phone, and while he confirmed he was on leave, he would not comment further.
Hart district officials could not release any more details at this time, Pinsker said, saying only it was “a personnel issue.”
Snyder has been with the school since 1998, according to Valencia High School’s website.
“Snyder, a Nichols State alumnus (1993), has built Valencia into one of the perennial powers in Southern California,” the site states. “He has taken probably one of the worst facilities in California and turned it into one of the top in the nation.”
Under his guidance, Valencia High has won eight Foothill League titles. In 2006, the Vikings set school records for both overall wins (25) and league wins (14).
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Perry Smith from KHTS contributed to this story.