Jazz hire Quin Snyder as coach

The Utah Jazz have named Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder their new head coach, the team announced Friday.

Snyder will receive a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth season to replace Tyrone Corbin on the Utah bench, sources said.

Snyder has a close relationship with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey from their time together in San Antonio. He will be a first-time NBA head coach after coaching Missouri at the college level.

"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 released by the team. "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."

NBA coaching sources say Snyder is expected to pursue European coaching legend Ettore Messina as an assistant. Snyder worked under Messina as an assistant with European power CSKA Moscow among his recent stops, which include stints as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. He also was the head coach of San Antonio's D-League affiliate in Austin.

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