AUSTIN, Texas, June 6 – Quin Snyder, a prominent player and coach at the college level and a former NBA assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers, was named head coach of the Austin Toros today, replacing the late Dennis Johnson.
“I’m excited to be back in the game,” Snyder said. “This is a great situation and a new challenge.”
“I have missed the chance to compete the past years. I look forward to getting down to work.”
“We are thrilled to announce Quin as the Toros new Head Coach and welcome him to the great city of Austin,” said Toros president Mike Berry. “His passion for teaching and developing young players will be a wonderful fit with our NBA affiliates.”
“Coach Snyder will also be intimately involved with our community outreach and marketing initiatives throughout the summer as we develop our roster with the Spurs and our other affiliates.”
Snyder, 40, helped lead the Blue Devils to the Final Four in 1986, 1988 and 1989. He later served as an assistant at Duke for Coach Mike Krzyzewski before becoming the head coach at the University of Missouri from 1999 through 2006. Snyder coached the Tigers to four consecutive NCAA tournament berths during his tenure. His record at Missouri was 127-91.
Snyder remains close to Krzyzewski, who said: “I loved working with Quin as a player and as a coach. He had a passion to play and has a passion to teach. His work ethic, spirit, intelligence, charisma and leadership ability make him truly unique. I would want Quin on any team that I coach. I love him and wish him success in this exciting opportunity.”
The Toros tip-off their third season at the Austin Convention Center in November. For Toros season and group ticket information call the Toros office at (512) 236-8333 or visit austintoros.com.