As head coach of the Austin Toros from 2007-2010, Quin Snyder led his team to more wins and watched his minor league players earn more call-ups than any other head coach in the D-League during that same span.
It's been a long and unwinding road for Coach Snyder from that point on, but with some patience, hard work, and perseverance, he's finally gotten to where so many people around NBA circles have both expected and hoped he'd be. Heading into next season, he'll inherit the youngest team The Association has to offer in the Utah Jazz.
Clearly, the team's roster will require time, patience, and special attention going forward. Development will be the key to the team's potential success in the years to come. It won't be easy, nor will it happen quickly. That said, perhaps this is exactly why Coach Snyder is the perfect man to perform this task and lead such a group.
And his experience in the D-League will certainly aid him throughout this very process. A true players' whisperer, the former Toros' head coach has been known to do an excellent job of putting himself in the shoes of his players. He can easily relate, subsequently allowing his players to trust him. He always has their best interests in mind. He knows how to motivate different players in the most unique of circumstances, and can communicate his message quite well.
What's more, on the basketball side of things (rather than simply the mental and emotional sides), Coach Snyder still also offers an unique prospective. In an interview with NBATV during NBA Summer League, the rookie head coach stressed the importance of just letting things flow and allowing the chips to fall where they may. It's important to be flexible.
Finding a specific position for a player is becoming less and less important in today's NBA, and the prospects currently playing in the D-League are fantastic proof of such a message. Versatility is key, and if a young gun happens to be talented enough in a number of different ways, it may not necessarily be worth attempting to mold them into something they simply aren't. There's no need to encase an intriguing player inside of a box, simply to fit a need or fill a specific void.
Coach Snyder appears to understand that, and with such a young team in Utah, that same open mind prospective will allow him to get the most out of the squad's up and comers. Thanks to the D-League, perhaps the coach is more likely to succeed in such a situation than others,