On Sunday afternoon, the Utah Jazz announced that head coach Quin Snyder will step down from his duties. Earlier this week, it was announced that Snyder has been thinking about his future with the team and has been talking to Utah’s front office regarding his decision. Now Snyder’s time with Utah is officially ending, after eight seasons as head coach.
Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith said: “Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is for the last eight years. The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displayed each day is a testament to the professional 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 thank Quin and Amy from the bottom of our hearts for all of their contributions to the state of Utah and the Jazz and wish them nothing but the best.”
During his eight seasons with the Jazz, Snyder compiled a 372-264 record. He missed the playoffs two times during this stretch. The problem was that Utah, despite being one of the best regular-season teams in the NBA while he was in charge, hasn’t had success in the postseason. The Jazz didn’t reach the Western Conference finals.
Recently, the team was dropped in the first round of this season’s playoffs, with the slot going to the Dallas Mavericks. The team weren’t able to take advantage of Luka Doncic’s absence for three games.
But Snyder’s decision is still a bit surprising despite the team’s premature exit from the playoffs. He had two years left in his contract and the franchise was considering extending it. Instead, Snyfer decided to bow out of the team that he helped shape into a consistent contender for the playoffs.