Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder is stepping down after 8 seasons

He said his decision was based on the belief that the team’s players “need a new voice to continue to develop”. However, a new ESPN report says Donovan Mitchell is “surprised and disappointed” by the resignation.

(Francisco Kgolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz coach Quinn Snyder calls a timeout during Game 4 of the NBA Basketball Association Round 1 Series, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Salt Lake City.

When Quin Snyder was introduced as the new coach for the Utah Jazz on June 8, 2014, he said, “This fits me great.”

Eight years later, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

The team announced on Sunday afternoon that Snyder is “concluding his tenure as head coach of the franchise.”

“I am so grateful to have spent the past eight years with such a respected and historic organization and in the beautiful, wonderful, and supportive community of Salt Lake City,” Snyder said in a prepared statement. “…in essence, and what drives me every day is our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work for improvement and their dedication to the team and jazz. I feel very strongly that they need a new sound to keep evolving. That is. There are no philosophical differences, no other reasons. Yet. Eight years, I feel like it’s time to move on.”

When Snyder took over as head coach in 2014 (replacing outgoing Ty Corbin), it was his first job as a head coach in the NBA after a maze career that spanned the D-League, the Euroleague, and he stopped several times as an assistant league. NBA.

He ended up leading the Jazz to the NBA playoffs in each of the past six seasons.

Although Utah has a record of 372-264 (.585) during Snyder’s eight years in charge, the team has never advanced past the second round of the postseason during that time.

And if Snyder’s resignation wasn’t seismic enough for the team, a subsequent report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stating that star Donovan Mitchell is “uneasy and irritable and wondering what that means for the future of the franchise” proved the aftershock completely.

Wojnarowski cited sources in describing Mitchell as “astonished and disappointed” by Snyder’s decision to step down, and questioning how the coach’s departure would affect what was to come for the organization, as well as the All-Star’s role in it.

There has been increasing speculation about Snyder’s future with the organization, due to reports that he refused to sign a contract extension that would keep him with the Jazz beyond next season (he was under contract for 2022-23, had an option for 23-24).

A recent report by ESPN said he had been in ongoing conversations with owner Ryan Smith, CEO Danny Inge and general manager Justin Zanic, but that there were “philosophical issues” separating the two sides.

In 2017-18, Snyder was the runner-up in the NBA Coach of the Year vote. He was named Western Conference Coach of the Month four times during his stint with jazz. His 372 training wins with the franchise second only to Jerry Sloan.

During the 2020-21 season, Snyder led the Jazz to a best NBA record (52-20), and their 0.722 win percentage was the highest in jazz history. He also served as head coach for LeBron’s 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

However, this team suffered surprising injuries and was knocked out in the second round of the 2021 playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers, who were playing without injured star Kawhi Leonard.

“Queen Snyder has epitomized what basketball has been to jazz over the past eight years,” Smith said in a statement. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail that Quinn displays every day is a testament to the professionalism that 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 Quin and Amy From the bottom of our hearts for all their contributions to the Utah State Jazz and we wish them nothing but the best.”

Snyder previously had problems with the team’s front office, which eventually culminated in the resignation of then-head of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey.

This season, the Jazz dropped to fifth in the Western Conference standings, and were eliminated in the first round of the postseason by the Dallas Mavericks — a disappointing result that fueled speculation that a fundamental change is coming to the roster.

It turns out that the first domino to fall was the man responsible for devising the charts and setting the courses.

The Jazz team will now begin their search for a new head coach several weeks after the other franchises interviewed various candidates. In fact, the Sacramento Kings (Mike Brown) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Darvin Hamm) have already appointed new head coaches.

Utah now joins the Charlotte Hornets as the two franchises currently without a head coach.

Snyder underwent hip replacement surgery in the immediate aftermath of the season finale, then met with local media about a week later and was ambiguous about his future.

However, there were indications that he might return, as he discussed “what we will try to do” to improve it.

On Sunday, he said in his statement that he asked for a few moments to consider options before finally deciding to resign.

“I needed to take some time to break up after the season and make sure that was the right decision,” Snyder said. “I respect and appreciate Ryan, Danny and Justin’s discussions about moving forward together, and I just know it’s time.”

Snyder will likely kick off this season before becoming a sought-after coaching candidate next summer.

He thanked the employees of the organization he worked with over the years, and wished them success in the future.

“I forever appreciate all the players, coaches, partners and people I’ve worked with in the Jazz,” Snyder said. “Your sacrifice, your kinship made this an incredibly 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 want only the best for you and to see you flying the championship banner.”

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