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Brad Jones to succeed Quin Snyder as coach of the Austin Toros

Sep 29, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

The San Antonio Spurs have used the D-League as proficiently as any NBA outfit, and in the coming season, they’ll introduce a new coach to continue the tradition — or, as much of a tradition as a D-League club can have — in Austin.

Former Toros head coach Quin Snyder is now on Doug Collins’ staff with the 76ers, and according to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, Brad Jones, the coach of the D-League’s Utah Flash for the last three seasons, will take his place in Austin. Utah parted ways with Jones over the summer, despite making the D-League playoffs this season with a limited roster.

As head coach of the Flash, Jones ran Jerry Sloan’s system and sets, a line on Jones’ résumé which likely piqued the Spurs’ interest. It’s not Jones’ intimate knowledge with the flex per se, but his ability to create and maintain a D-League culture consistent with the team’s NBA affiliate would be attractive in the Spurs-Toros framework.

One of the reasons the Toros have been so successful is because they act as an extension of the Spurs organization. A limb, perhaps. Jones will be expected to run the team in the same capacity, and his experience in navigating a similar, albeit less explicit, relationship in Utah, will undoubtedly come in handy.

  1. Tom7 - Oct 2, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    We were shocked when we read Brad wasn’t coaching the Utah Flash anymore. Brad is very beloved by Utah Flash fans. In addition to being a solid coach, Brad is extremely personable and a fan favorite.
    The Toros were smart to pick Brad up.
    Ironically, the Flash’s first home game is against the Toros.
    Rest assured Flash fans will give Brad a warm welcome back.

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