Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz coach, resigns following eight seasons

Utah Jazz Quin Snyder, the coach of the team, has resigned following eight seasons.

Jazz management and ownership tried for several weeks to get Snyder back as coach. They even offered a contract extension. But Snyder decided it was time to leave the job, according to sources.

Wojnarowski was told by sources that Snyder still had two years on his contract. He also had his option for the last year.

Snyder, who had to have hip surgery after the season ended, is now back in full health. Snyder is expected to be a top priority for any team that has an opening once he makes himself available for coaching.

Snyder released a statement saying he was thankful for his time with Jazz. However, he said his decision was made for the best interest of the Jazz's players.

“At the heart, and what drives my every day, are our players. Their passion for the game, desire to continually improve, and dedication to the Jazz and the team. They need a fresh voice to keep growing. That's it. There are no philosophical differences or other reasons. Snyder released a statement saying that after eight years of service, he felt it was time to move forward. “I needed time to think through the season and decide if this was the right choice.”

Snyder's eight seasons with the Jazz saw him record a 372-264 record, matching the Golden State WarriorsSteve Kerr is the third-longest tenured coach with a team, behinding only the San Antonio SpursGregg Popovich Miami HeatErik Spoelstra is the author.

Snyder took over a franchise from a 25–57 season and played an important role in Utah's rise to perennial playoff teams. Six years is the longest streak of active postseason play in the Western Conference by the Jazz, but Utah has never advanced beyond the conference semifinals.

Utah has seen major changes at all levels during Snyder's time as governor. This includes Ryan Smith's purchase the franchise from Miller's family and Danny Ainge taking over the role of lead basketball executive.

Smith stated in a statement that Quin Snyder had “embodied what Jazz Basketball is for the past eight year.” “The professional Quin Snyder is is evident in his unflagging work ethic, dedication and meticulousness that he displays every day. Quin is a man I admire and respect.

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