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Utah Jazz 2014: Duke alum Quin Snyder to be named new head coach

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The Utah Jazz will name Quin Snyder, a Duke alum and former Missouri Tigers head coach as its next head coach, according to multiple league sources. Although the Jazz have not made an official announcement, it is expected to come on Saturday, June 7 during a morning press conference at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.

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Reporter Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports first leaked the information on Twitter on Friday, June 6 at 3:35 p.m. The information was then corroborated by Deseret News reporter Jody Genessy. Utah Jazz owner Greg Miller then confirmed the team had agreed to hire Snyder as its next Utah Jazz coach in a tweet later Friday afternoon.

The timing for such a move could not be any better with Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, an expected first-round draft pick planning to work out at the ZBBC on Saturday--along with draft long shot David Stockton of Gonzaga, son of Jazz legend John Stockton and several others.

Snyder comes from a fine pedigree of coaching talent. He played in college at Duke under Mike Kryszewski. Later he became an assistant at several schools before landing a job as the head coach at Missouri.

Snyder didn't necessarily have the best head coaching experience at Missouri, where he led the Tigers to several NCAA Tournament appearances but had several players who were determined to have violated NCAA rules. Missouri's program was slapped with minor NCAA violations and Snyder resigned from his position shortly thereafter in 2006.

Snyder made up for those discrepancies as he barnstormed the NBA as an assistant coach with several teams including the Los Angeles Lakers and most recently with the Atlanta Hawks. Snyder also had a modicum of success in the NBA’s D-League as a head coach, helping lead the Austin Toros to the most wins of any D-League team between the years 2007-2010.

Snyder reportedly beat out several candidates for the Jazz head position, including Jazz assistant Brad Jones, brother-in-law of Jazz Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, and NBA veteran head coach Alvin Gentry, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin and former Utah Utes head coach Jim Boylen, who is now an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

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