Quin Snyder!?! Quin Freakin Snyder, as Brett Jensen calls him. Even I initially recoiled at the notion. When he first surfaced in the coaching search, it was difficult not to sound contemptuous when saying his name. Snyder’s a former rising star in coaching, but for many his name remains tarnished due to his Duke lineage and more importantly, his tumultuous tenure at Missouri. Snyder’s misdeeds were a result of pushing the envelope (always dangerous with the NCAA), and ultimately resulted in his firing. Its this coach that so many remember, but while many forgot about the well-quaffed coach, he went back to work.
Snyder served as a coach for the Austin Toros for three seasons, once capturing the league’s Coach of the Year award. During his time in the D-League, Snyder accumulated the most wins and his players enjoyed the most NBA call-ups. Snyder’s gift for player development on display for everyone and no one to see. The Toros are the NBDL affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs meaning Gregg Popovich and RC Buford, two of the most respected names in basketball, saw something in Snyder, enough to trust their young players with him. Lost in the stigma that his Missouri stint still carries is Snyder’s coaching lineage. In addition to working for Pop, he’s served under two Hall of Fame coaches, Larry Brown and Coach K, as well as Doug Collins and Mike Brown.
With the Bobcats looking for a new coach to lead them into a new era of young talent, a coach that can quickly develop talent with a knack for being an offensive innovator would seem to be a natural fit. If Quin Snyder were an unknown, his name would be a chic pick. A pick that seemed to mirror what GM Rich Cho might covet in a new coach. As it is, Quin’s answers to tough questions about his past, may determine whether or not he will be the Cats’ next coach. Coach Snyder’s transgressions from a decade ago count, but so does the work he has done since.