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Position  Head coach
NBA draft  1989 / Undrafted
League  NBA
Name  Quin Snyder

Nationality  American
Role  Basketball Coach
College  Duke (1985–1989)
Team  Utah Jazz
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Born  October 30, 1966 (age 49) Mercer Island, Washington (1966-10-30)
High school  Mercer Island (Mercer Island, Washington)
Team coached  Utah Jazz (Coach, since 2014)
Spouse  Amy Snyder (m. 2010), Helen Redwine (m. 1999–2006)
Education  Duke University School of Law (1995)
Children  Owen Snyder, Anika Snyder, Wyatt Snyder
Similar People  Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, Trey Burke, Alec Burks

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Quin Price Snyder (born October 30, 1966) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Snyder was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks for the 2013–14 season following his time with Euroleague's PBC CSKA Moscow for the 2012–13 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.


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Early life, college playing career, and education

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Snyder was born in Mercer Island, Washington, and graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1985. A two-time state basketball 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.

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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. He was elected a team captain and honored as an Academic All-American during his senior season.

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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.

Los Angeles Clippers (1992–1993)

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

Duke (1993–1999)

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. 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.

Missouri (1999–2006)

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.

Snyder was hailed as a sensation upon his arrival at Missouri. His first team knocked off a ranked Illinois team and then defeated Kansas 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. He was named Rookie Coach of the Year by the Basketball Times after the season.

In the summer of 2003, Snyder was an assistant coach for United States at the Pan American Games. In May 2004, Snyder was named in 17 allegations as a part of an NCAA investigation over recruiting violations, centering on improper gifts to guard Ricky Clemons. The program was placed on a three-year probation that November after the NCAA infractions committee ruled that an assistant bought meals, provided transportation and illegally contacted recruits. The committee rejected claims by the school that the rule violations were inadvertent, although it also dismissed charges of major violations, including the Clemons’ claim that assistant coaches paid players cash. Snyder later admitted to having players at his house for "an occasional meal" and giving Clemons clothing.

Snyder resigned as coach on February 10, 2006 following a 26-point loss to Baylor that extended a losing streak to six and dropped the Tigers to a 10-11 record overall, 3-7 in the Big 12. He finished with a 126-91 record over seven years, reaching the NCAA tournament in each of his first four seasons but posting only a 42-42 record since. After his resignation, Snyder accused Missouri athletic director Mike Alden of sending Gary Link, a basketball analyst and assistant to Alden, to inform him that he would be fired after the season. Alden denied the charge.

Austin Toros (2007–2010)

Following his departure from Missouri in 2006, Snyder initially gave up on coaching for good. But in May 2007, he accepted the head coaching position of the Austin Toros in the NBADL

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.

Philadelphia 76ers (2010–2011)

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

Los Angeles Lakers (2011–2012)

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

CSKA Moscow (2012–2013)

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. CSKA reached the Euroleague Final Four this season, but lost to eventual champion Olympiacos Piraeus in the semi-final round.

Atlanta Hawks (2013–2014)

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

Utah Jazz (2014–present)

On June 6, 2014, Snyder was hired by the Utah Jazz to be the team's head coach. He reportedly signed a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth season. Snyder previously worked with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey from 2007 to 2010 when Lindsey was an assistant GM with the San Antonio Spurs and Snyder coached the Toros, the Spurs’ D-League affiliate. On May 6, 2016, the Jazz announced a long-term contract extension for coach Snyder.


*Resigned before the season ended; Melvin Watkins became interim coach afterwards, and Missouri finished the 2005–06 season 12–16 (5–11 Big 12) and 11th in the Big 12.


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