Snyder takes his first NBA head coaching job in Utah.
While Snyder has had assistant jobs in the NBA before and has been the head coach at the college and development league level, this will be his first go around as a head coach in the NBA.
Snyder will be replacing Tyrone Corbin who coached the Jazz for four seasons without a great deal of success. The Jazz have been attempting to replace him since they declined to renew his contract at the end of April.
Snyder’s career has been building up to this appointment and he’s certainly paid his dues in order to reach the highest level of coaching. His first job came in the form of an assistant role for the Clippers during the 1992/1993 season, before joining Mike Krzyzewski at Duke as an assistant coach for 6 seasons.
Following this he became the head coach of the Missouri Tigers, a tenure that was successful at first before Snyder’s ability to handle the programs players and staff was questioned and he was let go of by Missouri.
Following this sour note, however, Snyder has gone from strength to strength. After Missouri he became the head coach of the Austin Toros where he won the D-League coach of the year award. From there he’s had roles with the 76ers, the Lakers, CSKA Moscow and finally the Atlanta Hawks before the Jazz announced that he would become their new head coach.
Snyder arrives in Salt Lake City mid rebuild and will be tasked with coaxing the best out of a young, inexperienced roster. With only 4 players on the roster above the age of 26, Snyder will have his work cut out for him in attempting to mould this group into a play-off team.
While the Jazz’ s desire to return to relevance isn’t quite as pressing as some other teams in the NBA, it’s clear the management won’t want to wait too long for the team's next post-season victory. Corbin failed to produce one in his four year tenure and was not offered another contract.