Quin Snyder is one of the multi-talented coaches whose great work has paid off and who has been in the spotlight for a long time. He is currently the head coach of the Salt Lake City-based National Basketball Association (NBA), known as Utah Jazz.
Prior to his career in Utah, the coach has also worked with other NBA teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Los Angeles Lakers. In addition to his coaching career, Snyder also played college-level basketball with the Duke University basketball team. Learn more about the NBA coach below.
Quin Snyder’s Bio
The NBA coach was born on October 30, 1966, as Quin Price Snyder on Mercer Island in Washington, D.C. He was born the son of American parents Gary Snyder and his wife Tonette Snyder. Quin has two brothers named Nate Snyder and Matt Snyder with whom he grew up. His nationality is American, while he has white ethnicity. While growing up, Quin attended Mercer Island High School where he was twice named High School Player of the Year. He led his high school team to win the state championship in 1985, while he was named McDonald’s All-American for his wonderful performances.
During his college years, Quin attended Duke University where he completed his college career with the school’s basketball team. As a member of the Blue Devils, Quin served as a point guard from 1985 to 1989, leading the team to the last four places in the second, second, and third grades. At the end of his youth career, Snyder was awarded the All-American Academic Team Selection. Upon graduation, he received his bachelor’s degree with a focus on political science and philosophy. He also earned his Juris Doctor certificate from Duke Law School and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke Business School in 1995.
His NBA Coaching Career
Quin Snyder began his coaching career during his postgraduate studies and joined the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA in 1992 as an assistant coach. After gaining experience in the professional league, Quin Snyder worked as an administrative assistant for the Duke basketball team. After completing his college education, Quin Snyder was promoted to Assistant Coach in 1995. Two years later, in 1997, he was appointed assistant head coach of Duke. During this time, he helped the team reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA competitions in 1994 and 1998. His team also became ACC champions in 1999.
After graduating from Duke University, Quin was recruited by the Missouri University basketball team in 1999. There he replaced outgoing coach Norm Stewart, and his career on the team lasted seven years from 1999 to 2006. Over the course of his career, Quin helped the Tigers compete in the NCAA basketball tournament four times, reaching the Elite Eight in 2002. He left his position in 2006 while maintaining a record of 126-91 over seven seasons.
From 2007 to 2010, Quin Snyder was with the NBA Development League, where he served as head coach of the G-League’s Austin Toros. During his time with the team, Quin Snyder received the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year Award while leading the team to the semi-finals of the league. In the 2010-11 season, he worked under coach Doug Collins while he was responsible for player 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 entered the Russian professional basketball league, where he served as head coach of CSKA Moscow in the 2012/13 season. He helped the team reach the semi-finals in the Euroleague. At the end of the season, Quin Snyder was recruited by the Atlanta Hawks, where he worked as an assistant coach in the 2013/14 season. Since 2014 until today Quin Snyder has been working as head coach of the Utah Jazz.
Quin Snyder’s Wife and Family
Quin Snyder came from a middle-class family, but 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 received a joint basketball/baseball scholarship. There is not much information about his other siblings and his mother.
Interestingly, Snyder is also a married man and proud father of three children. In the meantime, he has been married twice; his first marriage was to Helen Redwine, the second to Amy Snyder. Quin and Helene had a long-term relationship, and in 1999 they entered into a marriage. At that time Quin was working as a head coach in Missouri. After seven years of marriage, the two went separate ways. They had a son named Owen Snyder.
Not long after their divorce, Quin also found an amazing woman 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 enjoyed a wonderful married life ever since, and there are no signs of marital problems or divorce yet.
Height: How Tall is Quin Snyder?
Quin Snyder has undoubtedly had a successful career as a coach. Although he hasn’t achieved much as a player, he has been able to achieve greatness as a coach. After his college career, Snyder failed the 1989 NBA draft because of his height, standing at a height of 6 feet 3 inches, which is less than the NBA specifications for a point guard. He has a bodyweight of 180 pounds (82 kg). He also has brown hair and hazel eyes.