Hawks hire Quin Snyder as head coach

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Credit: jeff-schultz

Quin Snyder is the next head coach of the Hawks, the team announced Sunday night. He will be introduced at a news conference Monday.

“I am thrilled to go back to Atlanta as the next head coach of the Hawks,” Snyder said in a statement released by the team. “(General manager) Landry (Fields) has a tremendous reputation as an incredibly bright, high character, high quality individual and it was quickly evident that we share a passion and commitment to building a winning team with a strong foundation and high standards. I am excited to collaborate with Landry to create a successful program that devoted Hawks fans are proud of and cheer for and am grateful to Tony, Jami and the Ressler family for this opportunity. My family and I are looking forward to immersing ourselves in the community and calling Atlanta home.”

According to ESPN, which first reported the agreement, Snyder will sign a five-year deal.

Snyder will take over for Tuesday’s home game against the Wizards and will have the Hawks’ coaching assistants on staff for the remainder of the season.

Snyder, a former assistant coach with the Hawks for one year in 2013-14 before taking over the Jazz, replaces Nate McMillan, who was fired last week.

Snyder was named as a candidate for the open position by Fields during a news conference last week following the firing of McMillan. Fields said the Hawks would interview several candidates, but Snyder was the only one mentioned by name. He was the team’s top choice, according to a person familiar with the situation.

“From our first conversation, it was clear that Quin had all the characteristics we were looking for in our next head coach,” Fields said in a statement released by the team. “He has both an incredible basketball and emotional IQ, and we share the same core values and basketball philosophies of having honest communication and collaboration with players, tremendous attention to detail and placing a great emphasis on player development,” Fields said. “We are excited to welcome him, his wife Amy and their family back to Atlanta.”

The Hawks look at Snyder as a partner, and though he will have a voice, he will hold the title of coach. The team will empower him to do whatever he can to win ballgames, including holding players accountable.

Snyder accumulated a 372-264 record (.585) and led the Jazz to the playoffs in six of his eight seasons. Over his final six seasons, the Jazz compiled a 294-178 record, the third-highest winning percentage (.623) in the NBA and best in the Western Conference over that span. Utah started the 2020-21 season with a 23-5 record, and Snyder was named the head coach of the Western Conference All-Star team. The Jazz finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA (52-20, .722) and the fifth-highest single-season winning percentage in Jazz history. His 372 wins are the second most in franchise history, behind only Jerry Sloan.

Over his eight seasons in Utah, starting in the 2014-15 season and ending after last season when he stepped away, the Jazz allowed the fewest points per game (102.0) in the NBA, the fifth-lowest field-goal percentage (.449) and 10th-lowest 3-point percentage (.355) in addition to ranking fifth in rebounding (44.9). Offensively over that span, Utah ranked fifth in 3-point field-goal percentage (.366) and sixth in 3-point field-goal attempts per game (31.5).

The Jazz reached the playoffs in six consecutive seasons, advancing to the Western Conference semifinals on three occasions (2017, 2018 and 2021). Snyder’s teams went 21-30 (.412) in the postseason.

Bally Sports Southeast and Bally Sports South will televise the introductory news conference at 2 p.m. Monday.