Quin Snyder guided the Utah Jazz to six consecutive playoff appearances, was a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year last season and won nearly 60% of his games with the franchise.
And he decided enough was enough.
Snyder, 55, resigned as Jazz coach on Sunday, ending an eight-year streak of regular-season success, but the team never made it past the second round of the playoffs during his mandate.
Snyder released a statement through the team, part of which simply said “it’s about time.”
“At the heart, and what drives me every day, are our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work to improve, and their dedication to the team and the Jazz,” Snyder said. “I think they need a new voice to keep evolving. That’s it. No philosophical difference, no other reason. After eight years, I feel it’s time to move on. I needed to take the time to detach myself after the season and make sure it was the right decision.
He went 372-264 with the Jazz, his .585 winning percentage ranking 18th among NBA coaches who have worked for at least that long. He is one of only two coaches to have a winning record with the Jazz, Jerry Sloan being the other.
His decision means the Jazz will have a fourth coach in 33 years at the start of next season. Sloan was followed by Tyrone Corbin, who was followed by Snyder.
“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is all about for the past eight years,” said Jazz owner Ryan Smith. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displays every day is a testament to the professionalism he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision.
Snyder has been Coach of the Month four times, with the most recent of those awards coming last February. The Jazz had the best record in the NBA in the 2020-21 season, but couldn’t get past the Western Conference semifinals – part of a run where the team lost five of their six last playoffs.
And this season just fell apart: Utah appeared to be a title contender for part of the season, starting 7-1 and standing 26-9 when the schedule moved to 2022. That all changed. somewhere along the way; the Jazz had three separate losing streaks of at least four games, and in games played after Jan. 1, it was only 25-28.
The first-round ousting continued a troubling Utah trend of regular-season success never translating to the playoffs. The Jazz were 21-30 in the playoffs under Snyder, losing three times in the first round and losing in the second round in their other three playoff appearances during his tenure.
Utah becomes the second team in the league with a current coaching opening, Charlotte being the other. And that makes Snyder’s immediate future uncertain.
He was mentioned as a possible candidate for some jobs that were open – the Los Angeles Lakers, for example, a job that ended up going to longtime assistant Darvin Ham. Snyder was even considered a potential future candidate for a job that hasn’t been opened in more than a quarter century, that of San Antonio held by NBA winning leader Gregg Popovich.
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