Quinn Snyder speaks during a press conference at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus in Salt Lake City on Monday, May 9, 2022. Snyder resigned as head coach of jazz on Sunday. (Mingchen Lin, Desert News)
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SALT LAKE CITY – The team announced on Sunday that Quinn Snyder will step down as head coach of the Utah Jazz, ending his eight-season career with the team.
Snyder inherited a team that had finished last in the Western Conference and turned them into a regular contender in the playoff. The Utah playoffs in the last six seasons have provided Snyder at the helm.
Despite this, the Jazz never made it past the second round under Snyder. However, this was not a shooting and Snyder was not taken out; This was the coach’s choice. He was under contract for next season and held an option for 2023-24, and the Jazz team had been hoping to sign for a longer period. But contract extension talks with ownership and management eventually fizzled out and Snyder decided to end his tenure with the team.
“Queen Snyder has embodied what basketball has represented jazz for the past eight years,” Jazz owner Ryan Smith said in a statement. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quinn displays every day is a testament to the professional he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quinn and respect for his decision. On behalf of Ashley and myself along with our property group and our entire organization, we thank Quinn and Amy from the bottom of our hearts for All of their contributions are to the Utah State Jazz and we wish them nothing but the best.”
Snyder said in a statement that there were no “philosophical differences” that led to his decision, only because he felt the organization needed “a new voice to continue evolving.”
“After eight years, I feel like it’s time to move on,” he said. “I needed to take some time apart after the season and make sure that was the right decision.”
Snyder said he appreciates the time and discussions that Smith and team executives Danny Ing and Justin Zanek have had since the season ended, but admitted, “I just know it’s time.”
“I forever appreciate all the players, coaches, partners and people I’ve worked with in the Jazz,” he said. “Your sacrifice, your kinship made this an unbelievable and special experience. Amy and I are so grateful for our time here because it was just such a wonderful place to raise our family. Thank you to our always supportive and enthusiastic fans. We just want the best for you and seeing you fly the championship banner.”
Snyder, who is highly regarded throughout the league, departs as the second winning coach in franchise history (second after Hall of Fame Jerry Sloan). In his eight seasons, he had an overall record of 372-264, but Snyder’s teams won only three series.
In 2017-18, Snyder was runner-up in the NBA Coach of the Year vote, and was named Western Conference Coach of the Month four times during his time with the Jazz.
His peak came in Utah during the 2020-21 season when he led the Jazz to an NBA best record (52-20) for the first time in franchise history. The team’s performance led to him being the head coach of LeBron in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.
But that season ended in disappointment. Early injuries and a shocking breakdown led to the Jazz’s second-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. That loss seemed to be hanging over the team throughout last season, and Utah could never regain the magic it found in its record-breaking 2020-21 regular season.
Beginning last March, there was speculation about Snyder’s position for next season – speculation that Snyder had multiple chances of dropping but never did. This made Sunday’s news less shocking.
“I am so grateful to have spent the past eight years with such a respected, historic organization and in the beautiful, wonderful, and supportive community of Salt Lake City. I could not have asked for better owners in the Miller family and with Ryan and Ashley (Smith),” Snyder said. “They represent the Utah Jazz in every good way and I know the team couldn’t be in better hands with Ryan ownership. He’s incredibly proud and committed to doing what’s right for the Utah Jazz and bringing a championship to Utah.”
The Jazz will now begin their search for their sixth franchise coach since moving to Utah in 1979. The Jazz join the Charlotte Hornets as the only team without a head coach. The Sacramento Kings (Mike Brown) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Devin Hamm) have already hired coaches since the end of the season.
This story will be updated.