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Quin Snyder - yay, nay or maybe?

According to the Desert News, Quin Snyder (47) is a potential candidate for filling Utah's head coach vacancy. Snyder just finished the season as the Hawks' head assistant coach. He is a graduate of Duke (masters & Ph.D), and led the Blue Devils to three Final Four ('86, '88, '89) appearances as their starting point guard. In 1992-93, he was an assistant under Larry Brown for the L.A. Clippers. After that, he coached 1993-99 as one of Coach K's assistant coaches. He then went on to coach the Mizzou Tigers 1999 - 2006 (125-95 or .576), wherein he lead them to two consecutive Elite 8 finishes as the 12th seed. He was also an assistant coach for Mike Budenholzer (Hawks), Mike Brown (Lakers), and Ettore Messina (CSKA). He was also the head coach for San Antonio NBA-DL team , the Austin Toros (94-56 or .627), for three seasons, where they made deep playoff runs each year under his command. While working for San Antonio, he crossed paths with Dennis Lindsay. He was also the head of player development for the 76ers for one year under Doug Collins.

I haven't been able to find too much on wherein his expertise may lay, and I'm hesitant to use college coaching style to projecting professional coaching style. Those are two different contexts in my opinion, and while there is important overlap (Snyder sounded pretty motivating as Mizzou's coach- see video below), I think Snyder's experience and acumen are pretty well diversified.

Here's an interview from summer league as the Hawks' head coach for summer league. I have a crush on the reporter.:

His coaching records for Mizzou (125-95 / .576) and the Austin Toros (94-56 / .627) are pretty good, and he's learned from some of very good coaches and organizations (Coach K, Messina, Budenholzer / San Anontio, etc.). I'd give him a strong consideration after Lionel Hollins. I think Snyder could be a good coach for Utah's young team, and he sounds particularly focused on bringing guys up to speed on defensive sets, help defense, rotating, and communicating to each other as a team.

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