Quin Snyder hired as Utah Jazz head coach (Updated)

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Utah Jazz have agreed to a deal with Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder to be the team's next head coach.

The Utah Jazz reportedly have a three-year deal in place with Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder to be the team's next head coach. Snyder had been seen as the frontrunner for the job over the last couple of weeks.

Like all of Atlanta's coaching staff, Snyder has a deep background in player development and that was reportedly something that Utah was seeking for its young roster. Snyder is a former head coach at the college and D-League level and has experience as an NBA assistant. He also spent a year overseas as an assistant on Ettore Messina's staff.

It was his ties to the San Antonio Spurs that led him to Atlanta and ultimately Utah. Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey also has ties to the Spurs organization and Snyder reportedly impressed ownership during his most recent interview.

Snyder impressed in his lone season with the Hawks and was credited by many Hawks players for his work with them during exit interviews. With his departure, Mike Budenholzer will be looking for a new top assistant to replace Snyder.

Utah will officially introduce Snyder at a press conference on Saturday.

Update: Mike Budenholzer statement on Quin Snyder:

"We are extremely happy for Quin and his family. He played an instrumental role within our coaching staff and team. This is a great opportunity for him and we wish him the best."

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