Utah Jazz Coach Quin Snyder Steps Down After 8 Seasons as Head Coach

On Monday night the Utah Jazz received some not so good News, as long time Head Coach Quin Snyder decided to step down after 8 seasons as Head Coach Of the Utah Jazz. Snyder took over for the late greatĀ  Coach Jerry Sloan stepped down as head coach after 23 years coaching the Jazz. Coach Snyder has been with the Jazz since the start of the 2014-2015 NBA Season and over his eight years with the organization, Snyder took the team to the postseason six different times and coached them to a 372-264 record. It had been reported that Snyder had been contemplating his future with the team, and he had been in communication with Utah’s front office about his decision. Over Snyders eight seasons coaching the jazz, he compiled a 372-264 record and missed the playoffs just two times in his coaching career with the Jazz. However, despite being one of the best regular season teams in the league during his time in charge, that success hasn’t translated over to the postseason, as the team has never made it to the western conference finals.

Most recently, the jazz were bounced in the first round of the playoffs this season losing to the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. Despite the early exit from the playoffs, snyders departure is somewhat shocking given he had two years remaining on his contract. The Jazz were looking to sign him to an extension, but he ultimately decided to step away from the team that helped built into a consistent playoff contender, which in my opinion Quin Snyder did a fantastic job in Utah. Snyder is one of the most well respected coaches in the league, and would be a highly covetedĀ  candidate for another team needing a coaching search. Snyder has already been a possible successor to Greg Popvich whenever he retires from coaching the spurs.

With the Jazz, his winning percentage of .585 ranking as 18th best among NBA coaches who have worked for at least that long. He’s one of only two coaches to have a winning record with the jazz, Jerry Sloan being the other. Snyder was a four-year coach of the month, the most recent of these awards coming this past February. The Jazz had the best record in the NBA in the 2020-2021 season, but couldn’t get past the Western Conference Semifinals. Part of the run where the team has dropped five of its last six Playoff series. The first round oyster continued a troubling trend in Utah of regular season success never translating in the playoffs continued a troubling trend in Utah of regular season success never translated to the playoffs. The Jazz were 21-30 in post-season games under Snyder, losing in the first round three times 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 Snyders immediate future unclear.

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