Former Boston Celtics Assistant Head Coach, Will Hardy, to coach the Utah Jazz
Ricky Gray | June 29, 2022
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Both Hardy and the Jazz have agreed on, in principle, a five-year contract with the team.
Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Will Hardy, a former assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, will become the Utah Jazz's next coach. Once hired, Hardy will become the youngest active head coach in the NBA at 34 years old.
Hardy was one of four finalists who met with ownership in Utah, this included Celtics assistant Joe Mazzulla, Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin and Jazz assistant Alex Jensen.
Quinn Synder retired earlier this month which kicked off the search for Utah's next head coach. The search encompassed at least 15 candidates, but the Jazz landed on Hardy. Snyder had a 372-264 record during his eight-season tenure in Utah, which has an active six-year postseason streak.
Hardy spent only a single season with the Celtics as an assistant coach under Ime Udoka. Hardy played basketball at Division III Williams College and began his career as a video coordinator for the San Antonio Spurs. He was promoted to the assistant head coaching position under Gregg Popovich and also coached San Antonio's summer league team for four years.
Another move by the Jazz was the hiring of David Fizdale, who will become the team's Associate General Manager.
Fizdale spent 18 seasons as an NBA head coach and assistant coach. In his new position, he'll work closely with Ainge and GM Justin Zanik.
The Jazz were able to make it into the NBA postseason in 2021. However, they were eliminated in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks. Their lack of success in the postseason was one reason for Quinn Synder's departure.
The team finished with a record of 52-30 and will likely bring back most of their top players, including Donovan Mitchell.