Quin Snyder Joins 76ers as Head of Player Development
He found redemption in Austin, getting past the pain of a college career that ended in scandal even though his violations were nowhere near that of what is routinely accepted these days.
In Austin, he got back to coaching, his first love, teaching young players how to be successful in anonymity. His success in Austin built what can only be considered a powerhouse, despite the lack of a title. Many thought it was Snyder who helped make the Toros such a pivotal branch of the San Antonio Spurs organization.
And now, Snyder is moving onward and upward.
According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, Snyder has accepted a position on Doug Collins' staff as head of player development for the Philadelphia 76ers. While it's unclear what his exact duties will entail, it's a position that suits him well. Snyder is an elite talent when it comes to recognizing and progressing talent. He has NBA experience as an assistant for the Clippers and has been involved in the Spurs' organization for the past three years. Snyder should be able to help the Sixers develop a real system.
The question will be if this indicates a progression from the Sixers to develop their D-League ties. The Sixers are currently affiliated with the woeful Springfield Armor but have not used the D-League to any noticeable degree. The hiring of Snyder certainly begs the question as to whether Collins and Sixers president Ed Stefanski consider the D-League a stronger priority, but at the very least, it indicates some level of momentum toward an increased role.