Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz Part Ways After Eight Seasons
Snyder had been the Jazz head coach since 2014 when he replaced Tyrone Corbin.
The team’s second-winningest coach, Snyder trails only Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan for career wins with the Jazz.
“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is for the last eight years,” Jazz Owner Ryan Smith said in a release from the team.
“The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displayed each day is a testament to the professional he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision. On behalf of Ashley and I along with our ownership group and our entire organization, we thank Quin and Amy from the bottom of our hearts for all of their contributions to the state of Utah and the Jazz and wish them nothing but the best.”
The former Duke point guard has a coaching record of 372-264 with three opening-round playoff series wins. The Jazz finished with the fifth seed in the Western Conference with a record of 49-33 this season.
After entering the season with expectations of a deep playoff run, the Jazz were eliminated by the Mavericks in the opening round of the playoffs.
Snyder’s name had been tied to other potential openings around the NBA including the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers.
The now-former Jazz coach spent time with both franchises having overseen the Spurs G League affiliate Austin Toros between 2007 and 2010, and served as an assistant coach for the Lakers in 2011-12 under Mike Brown.
Snyder had one year remaining on his contract with the Jazz but had reportedly turned down a contract extension with the franchise.
Quin Snyder Explains Departure
With the announcement of his departure, Snyder offered his reasoning for moving on from the Jazz after eight seasons.
“I am incredibly grateful to have spent the last eight years with such a respected and historic organization and in the beautiful, kind, supportive community of Salt Lake City. I could not have asked for better owners in the Miller family and with Ryan and Ashley,” Snyder said.
“They represent the Utah Jazz in every good way and I know the team couldn’t be in better hands with Ryan’s ownership. He is fiercely proud of and committed to doing what is right for the Utah Jazz and bringing a championship to Utah. It has also been an honor working with the entire ownership group, Mike, Ryan, Dwyane and others. Danny and Justin are providing strong leadership and I greatly appreciate their efforts and working with them. At the core, and what drives me every day is our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work to improve and their dedication to the team and the Jazz. I strongly feel they need a new voice to continue to evolve. That’s it. No philosophical differences, no other reason.”
“After eight years, I just feel it is time to move onward. I needed to take time to detach after the season and make sure this was the right decision. I greatly respect and appreciate Ryan, Danny and Justin’s discussions regarding moving forward together, I just know it is time. I am forever appreciative of all the players, coaches, partners, and people I have worked with at the Jazz. Your sacrifice, your kinship have made this an incredible and special experience. Amy and I are so grateful for our time here as it has been just a tremendous place to raise our family. Thank you to our always supportive and passionate fans. We only want the best for you and to see you raise a championship banner.”
Snyder’s Coaching History
After a prolific four-year career as a player at Duke, Snyder tested the NBA waters as a player for the Indiana Pacers but opted against a professional career.
While pursuing a graduate degree at Duke, Snyder served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers for a season, before joining Mike Krzyzewski’s staff with the Blue Devils.
Snyder was with Duke for six seasons before accepting the head coaching position at the University of Missouri, which he held until 2006.
After Missouri, Snyder spent three seasons coaching the Austin Toros, then single seasons as an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Lakers, CKSA Moscow, and the Atlanta Hawks before being hired by the Jazz.
The Jazz announced that Snyder had undergone hip replacement surgery on May 3, the second time he has had the procedure, including the first which happened just prior to signing with the organization.
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