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Aldridge: Sixers hire Snyder for player development

By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Jun 10 2010 8:38PM

The Philadelphia 76ers plan to bolster their player development side under new coach Doug Collins by bringing in former University of Missouri coach Quin Snyder to head that position, according to league sources.

The 43-year-old Snyder has spent the last three years as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs' D-League team, the Austin Toros, where he's helped develop players like guard Alonzo Gee, who was named the D-League's Rookie of the Year this past season, and center Ian Mahinmi, the Spurs' 2007 first-round pick.

Snyder replaced the late Dennis Johnson, who had died of a heart attack while jogging in February, 2007, as the Toros' permanent coach in the fall of 2007, and led Austin to the D-League Finals. The following season, Snyder was named D-League Coach of the Year. This past season the Toros made the D-League semifinals before losing to Rio Grande, 2 games to 1.

Before coming to Austin, Snyder spent seven seasons at Missouri, where he posted a 126-91 record and got to the Elite Eight in 2002. But he resigned during the 2005-06 season amid numerous allegations of wrongdoing connected with the Missouri program. As a player, Snyder helped lead Duke to three Final Fours in four seasons. After receiving both a business degree and a law degree from Duke after his playing career ended, Snyder spent four seasons on the Blue Devils' bench as an assistant coach before going to Missouri.

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