The Atlanta Hawks hired former Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder to fill his own vacancy in the position.
Snyder reportedly signed a five-year deal with the Hawks and will make his debut Tuesday against the Washington Wizards at home, according to ESPN.
Snyder’s hiring comes after the Hawks fired Nate McMillan five days earlier. Atlanta has been on the hunt ever since, but it was quick with Snyder’s announcement on Sunday.
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«From our first conversation, it was clear that Quin had all the characteristics we were looking for in our next head coach. He has an incredible emotional and basketball IQ, and we share the same core values and basketball philosophies of honest communication and collaboration. with the players, great attention to detail and a great emphasis on player development,» Hawks general manager Landry Fields said in an official statement. «We are excited to welcome him, his wife Amy and his family back to Atlanta.»
Snyder was an assistant coach under Mike Budenholzer during the 2013-2014 season in Atlanta before joining the Jazz the following season as their head coach.
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«I’m excited to return to Atlanta as the next head coach of the Hawks,» Snyder said. «Landry has a great reputation as an incredibly bright, high-character, and high-quality person, and it quickly became apparent that we share a passion and commitment to building a winning team with a strong foundation and high standards. I’m excited to collaborate with Landry to create a successful program that devoted Hawks fans will be proud of and cheer on, and I am grateful to Tony, Jami and the Ressler family for this opportunity.My family and I look forward to immersing ourselves in the community and calling Atlanta home «.
Snyder spent eight seasons as the Jazz’s head coach, amassing a 372-264 record (.585 winning percentage) in 636 games. Snyder was a defensive-minded head coach, with Utah owning the fewest points allowed per game in the NBA in their eight seasons combined. They also gave up the fifth-lowest field goal percentage at 44.9%.
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Snyder was able to lead the Jazz to the playoffs in each of the past six seasons, including last year when they went 49-33 to earn the fifth seed in the Western Conference. However, the Jazz only made it as far as the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
After deliberation, Snyder was relieved of his duties following the Jazz’s first-round exit last season.
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But he wasn’t out of a job for long as the Hawks believe Snyder is the man who can take them to the playoffs and beyond.