Hawks Assistant Quin Snyder Hired as Utah Jazz Head Coach


Dec 29, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer talks with Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver (26) during a timeout as the Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-102 at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Former Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder had interviewed for the head coach position in Utah earlier this week, and it reportedly went well.

Snyder did so well, that the Jazz have officially hired him as their head coach, as first reported by Sportando.com:

Just minutes after the news was leaked, the Jazz made the hire official:

Snyder had made a good impression on the Hawks organization with his ability to develop players, and many of the players on the roster had heaps of praise for the now former assistant. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, it was his ties to the San Antonio Spurs that made the biggest impression on the Jazz front office.  

From the official release:

“On behalf of the Miller family, I welcome Quin Snyder as the new head coach of the Utah Jazz,” said Greg Miller, chief executive officer of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.  “He has an impressive basketball pedigree, including more than a decade of head coaching experience that positions him well to succeed in the Jazz organization.  We look forward to Quin’s contributions both on the court and in the community.” Snyder possesses a diverse coaching background that spans more than two decades in the NBA, Europe, the NBA Development League and college, including 10 years of experience as a head coach.

The Jazz have a young roster that is led by point guard Trey Burke, who is entering his second season for Utah. One would assume that their offense will feature many similarities to the Spurs’, which means a lot more spacing and ball movement — something we saw with the Hawks in Mike Budenholzer’s first season.   

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