Quin Snyder is one of the multi-talented coaches whose great works have paid off; thus keeping them in the limelight for a long time. He is currently serving as the head coach of the Salt Lake-based National Basketball Association (NBA) team known as Utah Jazz.
Prior to his career at Utah, the coach has also worked with other NBA teams including the Atlanta Hawks; Los Angeles Clippers, and Los Angeles Lakers, among others. In addition to his coaching career, Snyder also played basketball at the collegiate level with Duke University’s basketball team. Learn more about the NBA coach below.
Quin Snyder Bio
The NBA coach was born Quin Price Snyder in Mercer Island situated in Washington on the 30th day of October 1966. He was born to American parents Gary Snyder and his wife Tonette Snyder. Quin has two brothers named Nate Snyder and Matt Snyder with whom he was raised. His nationality is American while he possesses white ethnicity. While he was growing up, Quin attended Mercer Island High School where he became the high school player of the year twice. He led his high school team to clinch the 1985 state championship title; while being named to the McDonald’s All-American for his wonderful performances.
During his college days, Quin attended Duke University where he completed his collegiate career with the school’s basketball team. Joining the Blue Devils, Quin featured as a point guard from 1985 to 1989; thus leading the team to the final four in his sophomore, junior, and senior years. At the end of his youth career, Snyder got Academic All-American team selection. Upon graduation, he obtained his bachelor’s degree with majors in political science as well as philosophy. He further acquired his Juris Doctor certificate from Duke Law School and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke Business School in 1995.
His NBA Coaching Career
Starting his coaching career during his post-graduate studies, Quin Snyder joined the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA as an assistant coach in 1992. After gaining experience in the professional league, Quin went on to serve as an administrative assistant for Duke’s basketball team. At the completion of his higher education, Quin was elevated to the position of an assistant coach in 1995. Two years later, he was named Duke’s associate head coach in 1997. While he was there, he helped the team to reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA competition in 1994 and 1998. His team also became the ACC champions in 1999.
Leaving Duke University, Quin was recruited by the Missouri University’s basketball team in 1999. There he replaced their outgoing coach Norm Stewart and his career with the team lasted for seven years from 1999 to 2006. During his career, Quin helped the Tigers to participate in the NCAA basketball tournament four times; thus reaching the Elite Eight in 2002. He left his position in 2006 while maintaining a record of 126 -91 for over seven seasons.
From 2007 to 2010, Quin Snyder was with the NBA Development League where he worked as the main coach of the Austin Toros of the G-League. During his stint with the team, Quin got the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year Award while leading the team to the semi-finals in the league. In the 2010/11 season, he worked under coach Doug Collins while he was assigned to oversee players’ development for the Philadelphia 76ers. The following season, he served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers under coach Mike Brown.
Quin Snyder also went to the Russian Professional Basketball league where he served as the head coach of CSKA Moscow in the 2012/13 season. He helped the team to reach the semi-final round in the Euroleague. At the end of the season, Quin was recruited by the Atlanta Hawks where he worked as an assistant coach in the 2013/14 season. From 2014 to date, Quin Snyder has been working as the head coach of the Utah Jazz.
Quin Snyder’s Wife and Family
Quin Snyder came from a middle-class family, however, he is not the only athlete in his family. His father also served as a high school baseball coach and he completed his youth career at the University of Washington where he went on a basketball/baseball joint scholarship. There is not much information regarding his other siblings and mother.
Interestingly, Snyder is also a married man and a proud father of three children. Meanwhile, he has been married twice; his first marriage was with Helen Redwine while the second is with Amy Snyder. Quin and Helene had a long-term relationship and in 1999; they tied the knot. At the time, Quin was working as Missouri head coach. After seven years of marriage, the couple went their separate ways. They had a son named Owen Snyder.
Not long after their divorce, Quin also found an amazing lady named Amy. The duo had a relationship for about four years before walking down the aisle in 2010. Together, they have two amazing children – a son named Wyatt and a daughter named Anika Snyder. Snyder has been enjoying a wonderful married life ever since and there is no sign of marital issues or divorce yet.
Height: How Tall is Quin Snyder?
Without a doubt, Quin Snyder has been successful in his coaching career. Although he didn’t do much as a player, he has been able to get to a greater height as a coach. After his college career, Snyder failed to make the NBA draft of 1989 because of his height. He stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches which is below NBA specifications for a point guard. He has a body weight of 180 pounds (82 kg). In addition, he has brown hair and hazel eye color.