You don’t have to be around Quin Snyder long to understand that he’s highly unusual. He’s highly intelligent and charismatic.
Dean Smith said that in the 1960s, Vic Bubas taught everyone how to recruit. It was basically a revolutionary approach.
Well Snyder did the same thing at Duke. He was the first one, or at least one of the first, to incorporate technology into recruiting. Before Snyder, people used file cards. He, as much as anyone, moved into databases and spreadsheets and applied business principles to coaching.
He finished Duke law and Fuqua Business School at Duke in the same year - 1995.
The guy is just brilliant. And he pairs that with the ability to connect with people which makes him pretty unusual.
In retrospect, he may have taken the Missouri job too soon. He flamed out there as many of you will remember and nearly fell out of coaching.
It was a humbling experience and to make matters more difficult his marriage fell apart at the same time.
The wunderkind basically crashed and burned.
But he found a way out and forward and the job he turned in with the Jazz this year (so far - the Jazz are down 0-1 to the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs) has been absolutely superb. It’s one of the great redemption stories in modern sports.
It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here. Who knows? There are very few people with his brilliance and talent. Nothing he accomplishes would surprise us in the slightest.
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