According to a report by Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, Quin Snyder is now the frontrunner to land the vacant head coach position for the Utah Jazz.
Snyder is currently an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, a team that finished eighth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 38-44. They pushed the No. 1 seed Indiana Pacers to seven games in the opening round of the 2014 NBA playoffs, losing Game 7 on the road.
His most recent coaching experience includes working as an assistant for the Euroleague’s PBC CSKA Moscow in 2012-13, as well as an assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers one year prior.
From 2007 to 2010, Snyder coached the NBDL’s Austin Toro’s before taking over player development for the Philadelphia 76ers.
One source close to the Deseret News says that “it’s very plausible” Snyder gets the job. Another source notes that he’s “very high on a short list” of candidates.
Adrian Griffin, Alvin Gentry and Jim Boylen are also being looked at for the position.
“We’re well into the project, ” team president Randy Rigby said during an interview with 1280 The Zone. “We’re having some very good dialogue with some very good candidates……We’re committed to really doing a thorough search on this and a deep search.”
Rigby wouldn’t name names, but it’s believed that Snyder, sources say, has “increasingly captured the interest of the Jazz front office to become the man who leads the franchise through the next steps of this rebuilding process with the goal of becoming a “championship-caliber” organization.”
The Utah Jazz owned the worst record in the Western Conference at 25-57. Tyrone Corbin was relieved of his duties on April 21 when the team elected not to sign him to a new contract.