After a little over a month and a half of not having a head coach, the Utah Jazz got their man for the job on Friday afternoon.
Sportando first reported that the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks assistant coach, Quin Snyder, have agreed on a deal that is for three years. The deal also includes a team option, according to Yahoo Sports.
Utah Jazz general manager, Dennis Lindsey, had his list shortened down to four candidates that he was seriously considering. Snyder was in the mix with Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Alvin Gentry, and Jazz assistant Brad Jones. Lindsey, though, has history with Snyder. Lindsey was in management with the San Antonio Spurs before coming to the Jazz, and Snyder was the head coach of the Austin Toros at the time. The Toros are the D-League affiliate of the Spurs.
During his time there, Snyder led the Toros to three straight playoff appearances, the 2008 D-League championship, and was named 2009 NBA D-League Coach of the Year. Snyder met with Jazz ownership this week, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Jazz ownership left the meeting with Snyder extremely impressed.
Snyder also had a stint in the college ranks as head coach of the Missouri Tigers, where he led them to four NCAA Tournament appearances, an Elite Eight appearance, and a career winning percentage of .571.
Snyder’s biggest advocates in the coaching ranks are RC Buford and Gregg Popavich. Two guys that are very respectable names around the league. Most Jazz fans have been on board with the name Quin Snyder since hearing he was a candidate.
One more reason to get on board with him as the next Jazz head coach is this quote by Doug Collins. Quote was first reported by Jeff Zillgitt from USA Today.
Huge supporter of Quin Snyder. One of the best basketball minds I’ve ever been around. ~Doug Collins
One more thing for Jazz fans to be happy about, is that David Aldridge is reporting that with the hire of Snyder, the Jazz management is most likely keeping assistant coach Brad Jones on the bench next season. Jones has been regarded by many to be a fantastic coach, and will be a great head coach in the NBA at some time.