SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Quin Snyder knows he has his work cut out for him with the Utah Jazz, but also feels he has the support of ownership to build the team back to a perennial playoff contender.
Snyder, who just completed his first season as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks, takes over a team with a talented core of players 24 years old and younger. The Jazz also have two first round picks, including No. 5 overall, in the upcoming NBA draft.
Utah was also reportedly considering Chicago assistant Adrian Griffin, NBA coaching veteran Alvin Gentry and Jazz assistant Brad Jones. However, Synder's reputation for player development played a primary role in landing the job.
Snyder is the first outsider hired to lead the Jazz since former Houston Rockets coach Tom Nissalke for the franchise's first season in Utah after moving from New Orleans in 1979.