Atlanta Hawks Coaching Carousel: Quin Snyder A Serious Candidate?

As we all know, Danny Ferry keeps his workings close to the vest. To this point, the Atlanta Hawks coaching search is another example of that trait. In fact, many of the initial coaching “candidates” that came up at the end of the Hawks season were just bore from speculation and names from Danny Ferry’s past. One such name was Quinn Snyder.

Quin Snyder played along side Danny Ferry at Duke University. The two experienced a great deal of basketball success in their college days, including a trip to the 1989 Final Four in Seattle. Since then the two have remained friends, which probably explains why Snyder’s name was one of the first reported as a candidate for the Hawks head coaching position.

Chris Vivlamore, the Hawks beat writer from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reported that Quin Snyder was not a candidate for the Hawks head coaching position. Since then, Snyder has been heavily linked as the favorite to become the Charlotte Bobcats (they’re not the Hornets, yet!) next head coach. In fact, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that the Bobcats GM, Rich Cho, wanted to hire Snyder. The team has yet to do so, but stay tuned. All signs, at the moment, point to Quin Snyder becoming head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Currently, Snyder is an assistant coach for Russian team CSKA under Ettore Messina, who is another coach Danny Ferry is rumored to be targeting. Snyder was an assistant coach at Duke, under Mike Krzyzewski, for 6-seasons. He eventually became the head coach at the University of Missouri, but was forced to resign in 2006, due to NCAA violations.

It would be foolish to say that there is no chance of Quin Snyder becoming the next coach of the Hawks. This result, however, seems unlikely. Even with Danny Ferry’s pension for silence until moves become official, the safe money says Quin Snyder will be coaching elsewhere next season.

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