The Utah Jazz hired Quin Snyder to be their next head coach recently--after choosing not to renew the contract of Tyrone Corbin. Snyder is a big departure from the way the Jazz have hired in the past. Standard operating procedure at Jazz HQ has always been to hire from within, so bringing on Snyder during such a tenuous time in the franchise’s history is subject to further cross-examination.
Upon first glance, Snyder passes the eye test. He played for and coached under the great Mike Kryszewski at Duke--then was an assistant to a litany of coaching giants before and after he had a seven-year run at the University of Missouri as its head coach. Throw in a three-year stint as a head coach with the Austin Toros of the NBA’s D-League--affiliated with the San Antonio Spurs--and you see why Utah took a chance on a relatively unproven coach but a solid player development guy.
That said, Snyder has had his issues. He was embroiled in a scandal at Missouri that ultimately put the program on NCAA probation--and led to his resignation. Since that seven-year stint at Mizzou, Snyder has moved around more often than most nomads, making coaching stops as an assistant in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta and even in Moscow, Russia.
So that Snyder might be used to brighter lights, whereas Utah is an area known for good, wholesome, family entertainment--and the propensity for staying put for decades--shouldn't worry Jazz fans. The fact that Snyder is only married to a three-year deal here could also be cause celebre for concern. But, if the coach you hire is a wanted man three years from now, you will pay him the money to stay. Here are five reasons Snyder is a good fit with the Jazz organization.