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The Utah Jazz hope they can win with Quin.

That's Quin Snyder, an Atlanta Hawks assistant who was named head coach of the Jazz on Friday.

Snyder signed a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth year, according to reports. He replaces Tyrone Corbin, who was not offered a new contract after the season.

"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," Jazz CEO Greg Miller said in a statement. "We look forward to Quin's contributions both on the court and in the community."

Snyder has not been a head coach in the NBA but worked as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers before going to the Hawks last season.

Snyder was the head coach at Missouri from 1999 to 2006, leading the Tigers to four NCAA Tournaments before leaving in the shadow of an NCAA investigation. He served as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs' NBA Development League team and also gained professional experience as an assistant for CSKA Moscow, a European power coached by legendary Ettore Messina.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsay worked with Snyder while both were with the Spurs' organization.

"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."

Among the finalists for the Utah job were Los Angeles Clippers lead assistant Alvin Gentry and Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin, according to ESPN.

The Jazz finished the 2013-14 season with a 25-57 record. Corbin was 112-146 in three-plus years as coach.
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