Report: Jazz Holding Second Interviews With Coaching Candidates

Jun 20, 2022, 1:21 PM
Utah Jazz head coaching candidate Frank Vogel with LeBron James (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz are setting up second interviews with candidates for their  open head coaching position according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Most, if not all of the 15 candidates will get second interviews according to Charania as the search for the Jazz next head coach continues.

“Sources said the Jazz are scheduling second interview times with almost all of their 15 head coaching candidates as the next step in the process,” Charania wrote.

The Athletic’s report contradicts a report from Sportando writer Emiliana Carchia last Friday that indicated the Jazz had narrowed their search to four names.

“Alex Jensen, Adrian Griffin, Will Hardy and Johnnie Bryant are the final candidates for Jazz head coaching job, I am told,” Carchia tweeted.

In total, the Jazz have 15 candidates that have reportedly interviewed for the job which opened after Quin Snyder resigned from the position after eight seasons with the team.

At the press conference announcing Snyder’s resignation, Jazz CEO Danny Ainge indicated the franchise was going to take its time in its next search for a head coach.

“I’m in a position where I haven’t really been looking to the same extent for those coaches,” Ainge said. “There’s a lot of names I know I’m familiar with in the coaching world, but this will be much different than the two previous ones. Probably more thorough.”

Jazz owner Ryan Smith echoed Ainge’s sentiments at the press conference.

“We’re going to take our time,” Smith said. “Got to get it right.”

The Jazz are one of two open head coaching positions in the NBA along with the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets had an agreement with Golden State Warriors assistant, Kenny Atkinson, to become the team’s next head coach, but Atkinson opted to back out of the deal over the weekend.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert - French National Team...
Ben Anderson

Gobert Says Goodbye To Jazz Fans On Instagram

Rudy Gobert said goodbye to Utah Jazz fans on Instagram after he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
2 days ago
Nickeil Alexander-Walker - Utah Jazz - Chicago Bulls...
Brian Preece

Instant Replay: Jazz Guard Hits From Distance In World Cup Qualifier

Canadian born Jazz guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker hit a 65-foot heave for Canada in a World Cup Qualifier game against the Dominican Republic.
2 days ago
Ben Anderson

What Are Jazz Getting In Walker Kessler?

As Utah Jazz fans say goodbye to All-Star Rudy Gobert, they'll be excited to get to know their new defensive specialist Walker Kessler. 
2 days ago
Ben Anderson

Jazz Lose All-Time Great In Gobert

In what might be the biggest trade in Utah Jazz history, Rudy Gobert is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
2 days ago
Rudy Gobert - Utah Jazz - Dallas Mavericks...
Brian Preece

Social Media Reacts To News That Rudy Gobert Has Been Traded

Danny Ainge's offseason plan for the Utah Jazz has begun to take shape after news broke that Rudy Gobert has been traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
2 days ago
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (Photo by Alex Go...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Trading Rudy Gobert To Timberwolves Per Report

The Utah Jazz are sending Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for five players, and an unprecedented number of future draft picks.
2 days ago
Report: Jazz Holding Second Interviews With Coaching Candidates