Jazz Finalize Coaching Staff for 2016-17 Season
Kokoskov, Skeeter and Guthrie receive promotions
The Utah Jazz announced today that, following several promotions, the team has finalized head coach Quin Snyder’s coaching staff for the 2016-17 season.
Assistant coach Igor Kokoskov (kuh-KOSH-kov) has been promoted, and will move to the front of the bench. Now entering his second season with the Jazz and 16th as an NBA assistant, Kokoskov’s previous experience includes stints with the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers. He reached the Conference Finals six times with Detroit, advancing to two NBA Finals appearances, and captured an NBA title in 2004.
He previously served as an assistant under Coach Snyder at the University of Missouri, becoming the first European coach to hold a full-time position with an NCAA Division I-A school. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Kokoskov also currently serves as the head coach of the Slovenian National Team after spending the previous eight years as coach of the national team for the Republic of Georgia.
Zach Guthrie has been elevated to assistant coach/basketball strategy after joining the staff as manager of basketball strategy/technology prior to the 2015-16 season. Guthrie arrived to Utah after spending three years with the Orlando Magic as their manager of advanced scouting. Prior to that, he spent two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, ascending to the role of assistant video coordinator.
Guthrie got his start as a basketball operations intern with the (then) Austin Toros of the NBA Development League in 2007, where he worked closely under Coach Snyder, then the Toros’ head coach. The San Antonio native graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in business.
Lamar Skeeter was also promoted to assistant coach/player development after spending the past two seasons as a player development/video analyst.
Skeeter joined the Jazz in 2014 after a season serving as the player development/video intern for the Atlanta Hawks. Prior to that he spent one season as the basketball operations intern for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League for current Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen. Skeeter also spent one season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Walsh University, in North Canton, Ohio, where the Dayton, Ohio, native earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business management andcompeted for the school’s Division III basketball team.
In addition to Kokoskov, Guthrie and Skeeter, also returning to Snyder’s staff are Johnnie Bryant, Alex Jensen, Antonio Lang, Jeff Watkinson and Mike Wells.
Below is the Jazz coaching staff for the upcoming season:
Head Coach: Quin Snyder
Assistant Coaches: Johnnie Bryant, Zach Guthrie, Alex Jensen, Igor Kokosko, Antonio Lang, Lamar Skeeter, Jeff Watkinson, Mike Wells