We did a “Coaching Profile” last week on the two more popular names on the list of coaching candidates to fill the Utah Jazz’s head coaching vacancy left by Tyrone Corbin. If you haven’t got a chance to read them, you can read Ettore Messina’s here, and you can read Jim Boylen’s here.
Another name that has recently come up in conversation is a name coach Messina is familiar with. The name is Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder. Snyder spent last season with Messina coaching CSKA Moscow.
Snyder isn’t a name that really comes out and grabs your attention. However, he has had a little bit of coaching experience. Snyder got his first head coaching job at the University of Missouri in 1999, where he coached for seven seasons and led the Tigers to a record of 128-96 (.571). In those seven seasons, they include four NCAA tournament appearances, and one of those appearances, making it all the way to the Elite Eight.
Snyder knew the college game pretty well. He played at Duke University from 1985-1989. In his four years at Duke, Snyder played in 136 games and three Final Four games. During his senior season, Snyder was elected a team captain and was an Academic All-American.
Snyder has also spent a little bit of time in the NBA. Now with the Hawks, Snyder has also been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Philadelphia 76ers. He also was the head coach of the NBA D-League, Austin Toros. The Toros are the D-League affiliate to the San Antonio Spurs. While coaching the Toros, Snyder recorded a record of 94-56 (.627). He also led the Toros to three straight playoff appearances, the 2008 NBDL championship game, and won the 2009 NBA D-League Coach of the Year.
Snyder has a relationship with Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey from when he was coaching the Toros and was affiliated with the Spurs. Snyder has a pretty decent resume, and could possibly be a good coach for the Jazz. However, it is all basically speculation at this point. Never having a head coaching job in the NBA, you have to wonder about how these guys can transition. Like I said in our other coaching profiles, Lindsey knows better than you and me and will find the right person to get the job done.