Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder makes franchise history

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder (Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports)
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder (Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports) /

There is no doubt the Utah Jazz have the right man on the bench these days.

On Tuesday, the NBA named Utah Jazz head honcho Quin Snyder and the Brooklyn Nets’ Steve Nash as February’s Western Conference Coach of the Month and Eastern Conference Coach of the Month, respectively.

The announcement marked Synder’s third such honor of his career and clearly was a result of his team tallying a 12-2 record and No. 1 net rating (12.6) in February.

Now, regardless of what happens in the road matchup versus the Eastern Conference frontrunner Philadelphia 76ers (23-12) at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, the Jazz (27-8) will enter the All-Star break with the league’s best record.

Quin Snyder achieving Utah Jazz firsts

Adding in the single piece of hardware that the fiercely competitive 54-year-old received for his squad’s collective efforts between December and January — a 15-5 record, including an 11-game stretch that marked the franchise’s longest win streak under Quin Snyder — he has now won Coach of the Month on three occasions. His first came back in March 2018.

And with this latest one, Snyder also became the first Utah Jazz head coach in history to take home Coach of the Month either twice in a row or twice in the same season, according to Ben Anderson of KSL Sports.

Frank Layden and the now-late Jerry Sloan are the only other Utah head coaches to have won the award on multiple occasions (Layden twice and Sloan 10 times).

Snyder is set to coach Team LeBron in his NBA All-Star Game debut at 8 p.m. ET Sunday in Atlanta. And depending on how Thursday’s All-Star Draft shakes out, he could see two of his players on his side at the showcase in second-time All-Star reserves Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

In his seventh year at the helm in Salt Lake City, Quin Snyder boasts a 298-219 career record in the regular season (57.6 winning percentage) but only a 13-21 mark in playoff games (38.2 percent).

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