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Sources: Quin Snyder emerging as a lead candidate for Utah Jazz coaching job

By Jody Genessy, Deseret News

Published: Fri, May 30 6:55 p.m. MDT

 Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder looks on from the bench during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder looks on from the bench during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif.

(Mark J. Terrill, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SALT LAKE CITY — Over the years, Quin Snyder has played for and worked with Mike Krzyzewski. The 47-year-old became a national coaching star while guiding the Missouri Tigers from 1999-2006. He's been an NBA assistant on multiple occasions, including with the Atlanta Hawks most recently.

By the way, he's also worked with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey.

Now, Snyder has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next head coach of the Utah Jazz, according to multiple sources.

"It's very plausible," one source told the Deseret News when speaking of Snyder possibly being hired by the Jazz.

Another source said Snyder is "very high on a short list" of Jazz coaching candidates.

Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin and longtime NBA coach Alvin Gentry, who've also been interviewed by Jazz brass, remain on a whittled-down list of potential replacements for Tyrone Corbin. Spurs lead assistant Jim Boylen, the former University of Utah bench boss and a close friend of Lindsey's, is also in the running for the position.

Snyder, sources say, has increasingly captured the interest of the Jazz front office to become the man who leads the franchise through the next steps of this rebuilding process with the goal of becoming a "championship-caliber" organization.

Team president Randy Rigby wouldn't name names in an interview with 1280 The Zone, but did say management is "working very hard" at the ongoing process.

"We're well into the project," Rigby said. "We're having some very good dialogue with some very good candidates. … We're committed to really doing a thorough search on this and a deep search."

Snyder has working ties to Lindsey from 2007-10 when Utah's GM was the assistant general manager in San Antonio and the former Duke basketball player was the coach of the Spurs' D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros.

His basketball coaching resume dates back to the 1992-93 season when the former point guard was Larry Brown's assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers after playing on a Duke team that made three Final Fours.

Snyder, who was a double major and earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Duke, held multiple positions on Krzyzewski's staff from 1993-99. His Missouri coaching days were filled with Elite Eight success followed by bumpy times, including the program being placed on probation for minor NCAA violations.

From there, Snyder returned to the professional ranks, beginning with a three-year stint with the Toros. Since then, he has toiled as the Sixers' player development coach (2010-11) and as an assistant with the Mike Brown and Lakers (2011-12), Ettore Messina and CSKA Moscow (2012-13) and ex-Spurs coach Mike Budenholzer and the Hawks (2013-14).

Snyder received a vote of confidence from a former Jazz player after Atlanta was eliminated from the playoffs this spring.

"I have to give a shout out to Coach Quin," small forward DeMarre Carroll told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after completing his first season in Georgia following one and a half years in Utah.

"This is the first year a coach really worked with me on my footwork, my shot, spent time with me. That’s a credit to Coach Quin. That shows me that he cares about me as a person, cares about me career. I think I’m headed in the right direction."

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1. Alterego
Harrisville, UT,
May 30, 2014

Never heard of him but he looks grumpy.

2. Kaladin
Greeley, CO,
May 30, 2014

Grumpy coaches are the best. See Jerry Sloan, Lavell Edwards, Rick Majerus, Tom Izzo, etc.

3. Oh Really?
HERRIMAN, UT,
May 30, 2014

Four one-year stints as an assistant? Curious...

4. rvalens2
Burley, ID,
May 30, 2014

@Kaladin

If Quin Snyder is cut from the same cloth as Rick Majerus, I say sign him up.

Majerus was gruff, grumpy and at times foul mouthed. But Rick knew how to get the best out of the players he had. The man also understood the game of basketball. Rest in peace Coach Majerus, here's one Ute/Jazz fan who will never forget you.

5. Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ,
May 30, 2014

I like your reply Kaladin. I agree, most good coaches tend to be a bit grumpy, at least at times (the perfectionist streak). Even Zen Man Phil Jackson could get sullen if things weren't going right. The Jazz need a coach that is going to hold the players accountable on both ends of the floor. Tyrone Corbin is very nice guy, which might in the end might not have been a good thing (at least in that job).