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Utah Jazz ‘took a big step’ in hiring Snyder (video)
NBA » New head coach says focus will be on player development, improving defense.

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Snyder also impressed with his promises and plans for addressing the team’s defensive woes.

"We’d like to have a defensive identity," he said. "That’s an area we’d like to take a stand. It involves habits, focus."

At a glance

Snyder’s coaching career

1992-93 » Los Angeles Clippers, assistant

1993-99 » Duke, assistant

1999-2006 » Missouri, head coach

2007-10 » Austin Toros, head coach

2010-11 » Philadelphia 76ers, player development

2011-12 » Los Angeles Lakers, assistant

2012-13 » CSKA Moscow, assistant

2013-14 » Atlanta Hawks, assistant

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For Jazz CEO Greg Miller, the hire is perhaps the biggest decision he’s made since taking over duties after his father’s death.

"Really, the goal that I have, the goal our family has … is to see this team become a championship contender again and of course win a ring," he said. "When I’m driving on the road and having the opportunity to just think through things and sort out issues in my life, one of the things that is so appealing to me is to win a ring for my dad posthumously. … Anything we can do to take a step closer to that is something I’m committed to. I think we took a big step in that direction when we hired Quin."

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