Quin Snyder steps down as Jazz head coach after eight seasons with Utah

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The Utah Jazz announced Sunday afternoon that head coach Quin Snyder is stepping down as head coach after eight seasons. It was reported earlier this week that Snyder had been thinking about his future with the team, and has been in communication with Utah’s front office about his decision. With the latest announcement, his time in jazz is officially over.

“Quinn Snyder has embodied what jazz basketball is for the past eight years.” Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith said. “The relentless work ethic and attention to detail that Quin displays every day is a testament to the professionalism that he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision. On behalf of Ashley and I, along with our ownership group and our entire organization, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Quin and Amy for all their contributions to the state of Utah and jazz and wish them all the best.”

In Snyder’s eight seasons with the Jazz, he compiled a 372-264 record and missed the playoffs only twice. Despite being one of the top regular-season teams in the league during his tenure, that success hasn’t carried over into the postseason as the team never made the Western Conference Finals. Most recently, the Jazz were beaten by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs this season, despite having an advantage as Luka Doncic was sidelined for three games.

Despite exiting the playoffs early, Snyder’s exit comes as a bit of a surprise given he still had two years of contract. The Jazz wanted to sign him for an extension, but he ultimately chose to retire from the team he had made a perennial playoff contender.

Snyder is one of the most respected coaches in the league and would be a hot candidate for another head coaching job. However, ESPN reported that he could take a year off and return to coaching after next season. He’s been mentioned as a possible replacement for longtime San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich if he decides to retire, and there could be other coaching positions available next summer as well.

Utah’s search for a new head coach will now begin amid what is already expected to be a pivotal offseason for the team. There were doubts about Utah’s ability to win with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert as cornerstones of the franchise, and the well-documented tensions between the two players didn’t help either. Gobert was mentioned as a possible trade candidate this summer, while rumors swirled about the possibility that Mitchell would ask for a trade in the near future if Jazz doesn’t build adequately around him.

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