The Utah Jazz have officially found their new head coach – and they’re making history with their choice.
Utah has been on the hunt for a new HC ever since Quin Snyder announced he was stepping down from the position after years of attempting to get the team into strong playoff contention.
There were quite a few names tossed around as possible replacements for Snyder but in the end, they circled Will Hardy’s name.
Will Hardy was a DIII standout at Williams College.
His career started as a video intern with the Spurs.
He worked his way up to Gregg Popovich's bench.
He joined the Team USA staff, then the Celtics.
At 34, the Utah Jazz are making him the youngest active coach in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/SPjtpNXP55
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Many people may not know of Hardy and his career so far but he’s done a lot in just a few years.
He started as a video intern for the San Antonio Spurs and then worked his way up to being on Gregg Popovich’s bench.
After that, he assisted Popovich with Team USA and then moved over to being an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, a job he had until the Jazz called him up and offered him the top job.
Hardy is just 34 years old and is officially the youngest active coach in the NBA.
Does he have what it takes to help the Jazz finally reach their full potential?
Will Will Win?
Hardy is walking into a team with a whole lot of talent and promise.
They have been doing quite well during regular seasons lately but have consistently fizzled in the postseason.
New CEO of the Jazz Danny Ainge is ready to shake things up, including trading away some of the team’s biggest assets if he has to.
Hardy is part of Ainge making moves and forming the team in his image.
Fans of the Jazz are hoping that Ainge is making the right choice here because they are tired of coming up painfully short again and again.