The Utah Jazz have found their next head coach. Former Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder has finalized a deal to become Utah’s latest coach, replacing former head coach, Ty Corbin.
Per reports, Snyder is signing on to three guaranteed seasons as the head man in Utah, and will have a team option for a fourth season. The team was reportedly extremely impressed with Snyder in meetings earlier last week and nailed down the deal to get their man.
The 47-year old coach takes over the reins of an NBA head coaching position for the first time in his career after spending three of the last four years bouncing around the league as an assistant and player development specialist.
Snyder got his initial coaching start with the Los Angeles Clippers as an assistant during the 1992-93 NBA season following a successful career as a player at Duke University. From there Snyder went back to Duke to help out as an assistant from 1993-1999 until he landed his first head coaching gig at Missouri.
Snyder is best known for his days at Missouri, where he took over for longtime head coach Norm Stewart and immediately helped the Tigers to solid success. Missouri made a solid run in Snyder’s first season at the helm in 1999, going on to make four consecutive NCAA tourney trips at one point. Snyder later resigned in 2006 due to allegations about various violations.
While Snyder really only had the lone stop at Missouri as a head coach, he brings solid overall experience in the NBA and is popular for his innovative play-calling – particularly with the pick and roll. Snyder will have his work cut out for him with a young Jazz squad, but he has a good amount of talent to work with to try and build the team up back toward the playoffs over the next few seasons.