Quin Snyder’s life has nearly always revolved around basketball, from the time he was a high school star in Washington until Friday, when he was named the new head coach of the Utah Jazz. In between, he played and coached for Duke, rebuilt and ultimately resigned from coaching Missouri, and spent time in the NBA’s D-League and abroad at Russia-based CSKA Moscow.
Here’s the story of Quin’s career, told through past articles:
Snyder first played at Mercer Island High School, winning state player of the year twice and winning the Washington state championship in 1985. He went on to become a point guard for Duke University, running the floor for legendary coach Mike Krzykewski from 1985 to 1989.
During his time at Duke, Snyder played in a Final Four in Seattle, a homecoming that was covered by both the L.A. Times and New York Times in 1989.
After a stint on the Duke staff from 1993 to 1999, Snyder accepted the head coaching position at the University of Missouri. He had early success, leading the Tigers to four NCAA Tournament appearances and an Elite Eight in 2002. However, the back end of his tenure was marred by alleged NCAA conduct violations. A blog by Mizzou fans has a more detailed look at the “lowlights” of his time in Missouri. Snyder resigned in 2006 following a six game losing streak.
A shot at the D-League
Snyder next took his coaching talents to the NBA Development League, coaching the Austin Toros from 2007 to 2010. ESPN’s Jeff Pearlman wrote this profile of Snyder in 2008. He coached the 2009 D-League All-Star game and had success with the Toros.
Back to the NBA
Following a few seasons in the Spurs’ farm system, Snyder moved to filling assistant roles with the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. The Orange County Register wrote about Quin’s time with the Lakers as a chance to separate himself from the rough ending at Mizzou.
A move to Russia
After only a year each with the 76ers and Lakers, Quin went to Europe in 2012 for a year long stint with CSKA Moscow, a traditional Russian basketball powerhouse. He worked with Ettore Messina, who was also briefly linked to the Jazz vacancy, and helped lead CSKA Moscow to a Euroleague Final Four appearance.
Short stint in Atlanta
In 2013, Snyder returned to the U.S. to accept an assistant job with the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta finished the season with a 38-44 record, securing the Eastern Conference eighth seed in the playoffs. He was hired as the new head coach of the Utah Jazz on June 6.