By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder has stepped down. There was some uncertainty leading up to this decision.
He had been the team’s head coach for the last eight seasons. Snyder went 372-264 in the aforementioned eight seasons.
“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,” Snyder said in a statement. “I needed to take time to detach after the season and make sure this was the right decision.”
Snyder is the second-winningest head coach in team history. Only long-time Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan had more, as he had 1,127 wins before leaving the role.
The Jazz will begin a search for a new head coach immediately. According to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, the team already has several coaches in mind that they want to interview.
Only one; however, has prior head coaching experience. In fact, the coach, who they are considering has been a head coach with three teams.
Terry Stotts was the Portland Trail Blazers head coach from 2012 through 2021. He previously was a head coach with the Atlanta Hawks (2002-04) and the Milwaukee Bucks (2005-07).
One coach was apart of Snyder’s bench. Alex Jensen is the home candidate, who Danny Ainge is considering.
While Jensen has not been a head coach at the NBA level, he was previously the Canton Charge’s head coach in the G-League from 2011 through 2013.
The team is also considering New York Knicks assistant coach Johnnie Bryant, Boston Celtics assistant coach Will Hardy, and Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin.
“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is for the last eight years,” owner Ryan Smith said in a statement. “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.”© 2007-2023 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.