Jazz hire Quin Snyder as head coach

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz announced Friday the hiring of Atlanta assistant coach Quin Snyder as its new head coach.

"On behalf of the Miller family, I welcome Quin Snyder as the new head coach of the Utah Jazz," Greg Miller, Jazz CEO, said in a prepared statement. "He has an impressive basketball pedigree, including more than a decade of head coaching experience that positions him well to succeed in the Jazz organization. We look forward to Quin's contributions both on the court and in the community."

Snyder, who has never been a head coach in the NBA, becomes the organization's eighth coach in franchise history, but fifth since moving the franchise to Utah. Snyder has been an assistant with the Hawks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

"We were very disciplined and thorough in our process, which has resulted in hiring Quin to lead this team into a new era for Jazz basketball," Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby said. "He has been affiliated with tremendous coaches and programs throughout his career from Duke University to the Atlanta Hawks. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding Quin from some of the most respected basketball minds in the game."

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports originally broke the news about Snyder.

Utah is finalizing an agreement to make Atlanta assistant Quin Snyder its head coach, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) J une 6, 2014

He followed that up saying the Jazz have agreed to a three-year deal with a team option with Snyder.

However, the Jazz have not released details of Snyder's contract, per team policy.

"The opportunity to join the Utah Jazz and to be part of such a highly respected franchise with an incredibly bright future is a great honor," Snyder said in a statement. "I approach this opportunity with gratitude and humility and am committed to doing everything I can to help the Jazz become a championship-caliber team."

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