Jazz announces head coach Quin Snyder has resigned

Jazz head coach Quin Snyder has stepped down after eight seasons at Utah, the team announced Sunday.

In a statement obtained by Sports Illustratedby Howard Beckjazz owner ryan smith confirmed news of Snyder’s surprising departure shortly after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced he planned to quit. Snyder, 55, recently led Utah to a 49-33 record and a trip to the playoffs, which ended in six games against the Mavericks.

“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is all about for the past eight years,” Smith said in a statement. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displays every day is a testament to the professionalism he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision.

“On behalf of Ashley and I, as well as 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 only the best.”

While it’s unclear as to when Snyder will head next, SI’s Chris Mannix said he remains eager to coach and just felt it was time to move on. Snyder, who was notably on the Lakers target list before Darvin Ham was hired, ends his Jazz tenure as the second-winningest coach in franchise history (372-264) behind Jerry Sloan.

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After gaining more than 20 years of experience both in the NBA and around the world, Snyder signed with Utah ahead of the 2014-15 season. After finishing below .500 and missing the playoffs in his first two seasons at the helm, Snyder quickly turned Utah into a mainstay of the playoff table with six consecutive winning seasons, including three at the top of the division. North West.

In 2018, Snyder was named a finalist for Coach of the Year after posting a 48–34 record, ultimately losing the award to former Raptors coach Dwane Casey. That same season, the Jazz fell in the conference semifinals to the Rockets in six games. Ultimately, disappointment proved to be a recurring theme over the next few years.

While Utah held a spot on the short list of perennial playoff contenders for nearly a decade, Snyder and Co. were unable to translate their regular-season success into the playoffs. Despite well-rounded rosters led by Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, and Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz failed to reach the conference finals under Snyder, with all of their eliminations occurring either in the first round or in the conference semifinals. .

Prior to joining Utah, Snyder, who began his coaching career with the Clippers in 1992, spent time as an NBA assistant with the Hawks (’13-’14), Lakers (‘ 11-’12), the Sixers (’10-’11). Snyder’s resume also includes several interesting stops outside the NBA, including a four-year stint as an assistant under the legendary Mike Krzyzewski from 1995 to 1999. The Duke alum left his alma mater to coach the Missouri for seven seasons before a four-year stint as coach of NBA G League Austin Toros, where he earned COY honors in 2009.

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