Quin Snyder

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Quin Snyder
Quin Snyder.jpg
Snyder in 2012 as Lakers assistant coach.
Utah Jazz
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1966-10-30) October 30, 1966 (age 48)
Mercer Island, Washington
Nationality American
Career information
High school Mercer Island
(Mercer Island, Washington)
College Duke (1985–1989)
NBA draft 1989 / Undrafted
Coaching career 1992–present
Career history
As coach:
1992–1993 Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
1993–1999 Duke (NCAA I) (assistant)
1999–2006 Missouri (NCAA I)
20072010 Austin Toros (D-League)
2010–2011 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2011–2012 Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2012–2013 CSKA Moscow (Russia) (assistant)
2013–2014 Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
2014–present Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards

As Assistant coach:

As player:

Quin Price Snyder (born October 30, 1966)[1][2] is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Utah Jazz. Snyder was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks for the 2013-2014 season following his time with Euroleague's PBC CSKA Moscow for the 2012-2013 season and the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers during the lockout shortened 2011-2012 season. Prior to that, he was in charge of player development for the 76ers starting in June 2010 after coaching the NBDL's Austin Toros for three seasons. Snyder was the head coach of the Toros from 2007–2010, the head coach at the University of Missouri from 1999–2006, an assistant coach at his alma mater Duke under Mike Krzyzewski from 1993–1999, and an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers under Larry Brown from 1992-1993. On June 6, 2014, Snyder was hired as the Utah Jazz's eighth head coach in franchise history.[citation needed]

Early life, college playing career, and education[edit]

Snyder was born in Mercer Island, Washington, and graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1985. A two-time state player of the year, Snyder led the team to the 1985 state championship. During this time Mercer Island achieved a No. 1 ranking in USA Today's high school polls. Snyder was named a McDonald's All American player, being the first chosen from the state of Washington.[2]

[3][4] At Duke University, Snyder was a point guard for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team from 1985 to 1989, and his team played in the Final Four in 1986, 1988, and 1989. Snyder became a starter in his second season (1987) and started almost all games the remainder of his career.[5] He was elected a team captain and honored as an Academic All-American during his senior season.

He graduated from Duke in 1989 with a double major in philosophy and political science, and, later received a JD from Duke Law School in 1995 and an MBA from the Duke Fuqua School of Business in 1995.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Los Angeles Clippers (1992–1993)[edit]

In the middle of his graduate work, Snyder spent the 1992–93 NBA season as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers.[6]

Duke (1993–1999)[edit]

From 1993 to 1995, Snyder served as an administrative assistant to men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski while Snyder completed his MBA and JD at Duke. After completing both degrees in 1995, Snyder became a full-time assistant coach under Krzyzewski. In 1997, Duke promoted Snyder to associate head coach.[6] During Snyder's time as a Duke assistant coach, Duke made the 1994 and 1999 NCAA tournament championship rounds and the Elite Eight round in 1998. Duke also won the ACC tournament in 1999.[7]

Missouri (1999–2006)[edit]

In 1999, Snyder accepted the head coaching position for the University of Missouri Tigers men's basketball team, succeeding longtime coach Norm Stewart. He eventually led the Tigers to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including the Elite Eight in 2002, matching the deepest run ever made by a Missouri team in the NCAA Tournament. Given his success during his first year at Missouri, he was named Rookie Coach of the Year by the Basketball Times.[8]

Snyder was hailed as a sensation upon his arrival at Missouri. His first team, although seriously undermanned and composed largely of Stewart's players, made an impressive run to the NCAA Tournament. They knocked off a ranked Illinois team and then defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in Snyder's first game against Mizzou's archrival. Snyder's second season was punctuated by similar success. He once again toppled a ranked Kansas team and led the Tigers to their first NCAA victory since 1995. The eventual 2001 NCAA National Champion Duke ended the Tigers' season in the NCAA Tournament.[9]

In the summer of 2003, Snyder was an assistant coach for USA Basketball Men’s Pan American Games team.[8]

During his tenure with Mizzou many allegations surfaced regarding Snyder's ability to manage the program. Though a long and intense NCAA investigation revealed that his program committed only a handful of minor violations, Snyder chose to resign.[10] His resignation led to a prolonged controversy over the actions of Athletic Director Mike Alden's handling of the dismissal, as it was learned that Alden sent Tiger Radio Network color analyst Gary Link to inform Snyder that he would not be retained after the season.[11]

Austin Toros (2007–2010)[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Quin Snyder accepted the head coaching position of the Austin Toros in the NBADL[12]

In the first season, Snyder's team won the Southwest Division championship and reached the D-League Finals. In his second season, Snyder led the Toros to a 32-win season; coached in the 2009 NBA D-League All-Star Game in Phoenix; received the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award; and reached the D-League Semi-Finals. In his final season with the team, the Toros compiled another 32-win season - this time with more rookies than any other team in the D-League - and again reached the Semi-Finals. During his three-year tenure in Austin, Snyder compiled more wins and guided more players to the NBA than any other coach in the D-League.[13]

Philadelphia 76ers (2010–2011)[edit]

Snyder became a player development coach for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA on June 11, 2010 working under Doug Collins.[14] Soon afterward, Snyder began training draft prospects in workouts preceding the 2010 NBA Draft, including future 76ers player Evan Turner.[15] The 76ers finished 41-41 in the 2010–11 season.

Los Angeles Lakers (2011–2012)[edit]

On July 1, 2011, NBA team Los Angeles Lakers hired Snyder as an assistant under coach Mike Brown.[16] In a season shorted by a lockout, the Lakers finished the 2011–12 season with a 41-25 record and in first place in the Pacific Division. The Lakers made the Western Conference semi-finals.

CSKA Moscow (2012–2013)[edit]

On July 8, 2012, the European powerhouse team CSKA Moscow of the Russian Professional Basketball League hired Snyder as the head assistant coach under Ettore Messina.[17] CSKA reached the Euroleague Final Four this season, but lost to eventual champion Olympiacos Piraeus in the semi-final round.[18]

Atlanta Hawks (2013–2014)[edit]

On June 10, 2013, the Atlanta Hawks hired Snyder as the head assistant coach.[19]

Utah Jazz (2014–present)[edit]

On June 6, 2014, Snyder was hired by the Utah Jazz to be the team's head coach.[20] He reportedly signed a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth season.[21]


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  2. ^ a b "Quin Snyder". Missouri Tigers. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ {url=http://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/mcdonalds.html}
  4. ^ Raley, Dan (December 11, 2003). "Quin comes home". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Quin Snyder". Duke Blue Devils Basketball Statistical Database. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Quin Snyder". NBA. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Duke Blue Devils". sports-reference.com/cbb. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Snyder Named a Pan-American Games Coach". At Mizzou. 19 November 2004. Archived from the original on June 13, 2003. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Back to the Basics". Columbian Missourian onlinw. 14 February 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Burgess, Brad (May 13, 2004). "Some perspective on the NCAA investigation". Missouri Scout online. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (April 18, 2009). "The Ballad of Quin Snyder". ESPN online. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ Katz, Andy (June 6, 2007). "Snyder to Replace Late Dennis Johnson as Toros Coach". ESPN online. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kelley, Steve (July 2, 2010). "Commentary: Ex-Toros coach Snyder likes life out of spotlight's glare". Austin American-Statesman online. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Tatum, Kevin (June 12, 2010). "76ers coach adds Snyder as assistant". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ Jasner, Phil (June 18, 2010). "Local players get pointers from Sixers". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ Stevens, Matt (July 1, 2011). "Lakers hire assistant coaches Chuck Person and Quin Snyder". Lakers Now. LATimes.com. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ Bresnahan, Mike (July 9, 2012). "Lakers assistant Quin Snyder accepts same job with CSKA Moscow". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ {url=http://www.euroleague.net/competition/teams/showteam?clubcode=CSK&seasoncode=E2012}
  19. ^ "Quin Snyder hired as Hawks' assistant". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Utah Jazz Names Quin Snyder Head Coach". NBA.com. June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ NBA's Jazz hire Quin Snyder as head coach