Quin Snyder officially announced he will be stepping down from the head coach position with the Utah Jazz on Sunday. This comes after much speculation on whether he would stay for the remainder of his contract.
CEO Danny Ainge and owner Ryan Smith offered to extend his current contract, which still had two years left. However, Snyder had already decided to leave the team before they could convince him otherwise.
Snyder explained how it was time for the team to have a new voice in a press conference Monday night.
“It was something I labored over and you never have complete clarity on something like this,” Snyder said. “I was thinking about it for a significant period of time over the course of weeks and just felt like it was time.”
Over his eight-year career as head coach, Snyder had a 372-264 record. This makes him second for most wins as a Jazz coach behind Hall of Fame Jerry Sloan’s 1,127 wins.
Both Smith and Ainge expressed their gratitude for the Snyder family. They had only positive words to say about his time as head coach.. After Smith took over the franchise in 2020, Snyder was the first to call to congratulate Smith.
“I’ve been around a lot of good coaches in my lifetime and one thing that stood out to me the most about Quin was his time spent in developing relationships and building relationships,” Ainge said in Monday’s press conference.
Snyder hasn’t mentioned any plans since stepping away from the Jazz but it is likely the league has not seen the last of him.
Ownership will now have to start the search for a replacement. However, they say they are in no rush to get a new coach before the upcoming NBA Draft.
For the Jazz, an ideal candidate would be someone who could build off of what Snyder has built. They also would be able to take the team to a Western Conference Title win.
Some possible replacements include former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, Alex Jensen who served on Snyder’s staff, and current assistant coach for the New York Knicks Johnnie Bryant. All three have had a relationship with the Jazz and Snyder at some point.
The NBA Draft will be held on June 23, 2022, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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