As the Utah Jazz interviewed candidates for coaching jobs, Will Hardy quickly rose to the top of the list. and remained there.
Hardy was announced as their new coach on Wednesday, a day after the team reached an in-principle agreement. He will be the head coach in the NBA for the first time and at 34 years old he is currently the youngest in charge.
“As our selection committee moves through this process, it will really differentiate itself from the rest of the extremely talented pool of candidates,” said Jazz general manager Justin Zanick. “We are excited to be working as we continue our quest to bring the NBA Championship to Utah.”
Hardy comes to Utah after spending last season as an assistant in Boston, where he helped the Celtics reach the NBA Finals. He spent his last 11 seasons with the Spurs, starting as a sports operations intern, then in the video room and eventually becoming an assistant under all-time leading champ and five-time NBA champion Greg Popovich.
Hardy acknowledged, “The Utah Jazz is one of the most respected and successful franchises in the NBA and their fans are great.” “With opportunity comes great responsibility.”
Also on Wednesday, the Jazz announced the appointment of coach David Fizdale as associate general manager. Fizdale managed New York and Memphis, and was a subsidiary with the Lakers, Miami, Golden State and Atlanta.
Hardy will replace Quinn Snyder, who decided to leave Jazz earlier this month after eight seasons. Snyder and the Jazz have reached the postseason in their last six seasons – tying the streak for the league’s second-highest current playoff appearances – and Hardy will lead a lineup that includes Donovan Mitchell as an All-Star point guard and a consistent player candidate. Are included. Defensive Player of the Year in Rudy Gobert.