Quin Snyder is leaving CSKA Moscow, where he spent the last two years as an assistant, to join Mike Budenholzer's staff as an assistant. Snyder is the first assistant coach to be named for the Hawks who are still waiting for Budenholzer to finish out the NBA Finals. According to the report from Ridiculous Upside, Snyder has chosen to join the Atlanta Hawks staff over other potential destinations such as Denver and Brooklyn. The Hawks were rumored to be interested in Snyder for the head coaching vacancy prior to Budenholzer's signing, and Snyder has been tossed around in connection to a number of open coaching jobs.
Snyder has previous experience as an NBA assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, as well as college experience at Duke and Missouri and a stint as head coach of the Austin Toros of the D-League. Snyder was college teammates with Danny Ferry at Duke as Ferry continues to bring in coaches and front office personnel that he has a personal connection with to further build his program.
Snyder will be one of Budenholzer's lead assistants, but his official role/title is still undetermined. We here at Peachtree Hoops will keep you posted as news continues to come in about Snyder, and when the rest of the Hawks coaching staff is signed.
UPDATE: The Hawks have given out a press release officially naming Snyder as assistant coach. Mike Budenholzer is quoted in the release saying, "Quin is an excellent addition to our staff. He has a very strong knowledge of the system that we will implement and his extensive experience will enhance the development and knowledge of our players."
"I am excited to join Bud's staff with the Hawks," Snyder said. "They are creating a system and a culture that I strongly believe in and have seen its success. I look forward to being a part of the organization and contributing to our players' every day improvement."