College - Duke
Quin Snyder joins the Lakers coaching staff for his first season on head coach Mike Brown’s bench after spending last season serving as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Prior to his time in Philadelphia, Snyder spent three highly successful seasons as head coach of the NBA Development League’s Austin Toros, amassing a 94-56 (.627) record while guiding them to three consecutive playoff appearances as well as an appearance in the 2008 D-League championship game. Growing up in suburban Seattle with a poster of the late Hall of Fame Sonics great Dennis Johnson on his bedroom wall, Snyder earned the D-League’s Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award in 2008-09 coaching Johnson’s former Toros team.
Snyder got his start as a head coach when the University of Missouri called the then 32-year- old offering him the position. In seven seasons at Mizzou, Snyder led the Tigers to a 128-96 (.571) record and six consecutive postseason appearances that included four trips to the NCAA Tournament and a berth in the Elite Eight (2002).
A McDonald’s All-American his senior year at Mercer Island High School and two-time Washington state player of the year, Snyder not only coached at Duke but played for the Blue Devils from 1986-89. Still ranking fifth (575) on the school’s all-time assist list, he is a veteran of five Final Fours during his time in Durham - three as a player (1986, 1988, 1989) and two more as a coach (1994, 1999).
Following his time as an undergraduate and after a year at Duke Law School, Snyder simultaneously enrolled in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1991. Taking time off from both programs a year later to serve as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers (1992-93), he returned to Duke in 1993 and served as an administrative assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the next two seasons while completing his JD and MBA degrees. Upon graduation, Snyder became a full-time assistant coach at Duke (1995-97) and was subsequently promoted to associate head coach for the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.
Snyder, 45, resides in Manhattan Beach with his wife, Amy, and is the proud father of son, Owen and infant daughter, Anika.