The Atlanta Hawks have hired Quin Snyder as Assistant Coach, newly appointed Head Coach Mike Budenholzer announced Monday, according to the team’s official news release.
“Quin is an excellent addition to our staff. He has a very strong knowledge of the system that we will implement and his extensive experience will enhance the development and knowledge of our players,” Budenholzer said.
Snyder comes to Atlanta from Russia where he spent last season as an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow. Before his tenure overseas, he served one-year stints as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers (2011-12) and Philadelphia 76ers (2010-11). With Philly, he was also in charge of player development..
Snyder has some head coaching experience as well, albeit in college and the NBA’s Developmental League. Before joining the 76ers, he was at the helm of the Austin Toros, the D-League’s affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs, from 2007-10. While in Austin, Snyder posted a 94-56 (.627) mark and led the Toros to three straight playoff appearances. In 2008 they reached the championship game. He was later named the 2008-09 D-League Coach of the Year.
Snyder’s first head coaching job was at the University of Missouri. In seven seasons at Mizzou (1999-2006), he led the Tigers to a 128-96 (.571) record, along with four NCAA Tournament berths, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2002.
He got the head coaching job at Missouri after learning from the great Mike Krzyzewski as an assistant coach with his alma mater Duke University from 1993–1999. His first job in the coaching ranks came a year earlier in 1992 as an assistant for Larry Brown and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Snyder and Hawks GM Danny Ferry were teammates under Coach K at Duke all four years from 1985-89. Ferry was the star of the team and was selected second overall by the Clippers in the 1989 draft. Snyder was more of a role player, appearing in 136 games over his four years with the Blue Devils, averaging 6.2 ppg.
Snyder, Ferry and new coach Budenholzer all have connections from their days with the Spurs.
Budenholzer was hired by legendary head coach Gregg Popovich in the summer of 1994 and has stayed in San Antonio for the past 19 seasons. He was on the coaching staff when Ferry was a player on the team from 2000-2003, and then when Ferry began his management career with the Spurs from 2003-05, before leaving and coming back again for the better position of Vice President of Basketball Operations from 2010-12.
Snyder and Budenholzer were both with the Spurs organization from 2007-10 when Snyder was head coach of the D-League affiliate Austin Toros and Budenholzer was the top assistant to Popovich.
“I am excited to join Bud’s staff with the Hawks,” Snyder said. “They are creating a system and a culture that I strongly believe in and have seen its success. I look forward to being a part of the organization and contributing to our players’ every day improvement.”