Russian Detour Changed Snyder’s Coaching


Once a hotshot young college coach with the Coach K pedigree and a Duke MBA and JD, Snyder became the head coach at Missouri at 33.Despite taking the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in his first four seasons, Snyder was ultimately dismissed as a result of an NCAA investigation. Snyder’s three-year exile in the NBDL working with the Austin Toros has been well documented, but this article did a great job detailing a curious career decision two years later. In 2012, after Snyder just completed his first year on an NBA bench, he left the team to work under Ettore Messina with CSKA Moscow in Russia. Great stuff in here on the international game, communicating with players, and what Snyder learned from Messina. I appreciate Fran Fraschilla for passing this article along.

“I think in any situation as a coach you try to treat your players with respect, and that, to me, is the most effective way of communicating,” Snyder said. “No different than guys I’ve coached in the D-League or guys I’ve coached in the NBA. I think if players know that you’re trustworthy in some sense and you do what you say, they know there’s an earnestness about you trying to help them improve. That’s the foundation of the relationship.”

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For more on Snyder:
-Quin Snyder clinic notes (LINK)
-Snyder: What I learned from Pete Carroll (LINK)
-Quin Snyder’s path (LINK)

For more on Messina:
-Ettore Messina clinic notes (LINK)
-Messina: Spacing & Timing (LINK)
-14-minute video of Messina explaining his coaching philosophy (LINK)

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