Jazz Head Coach Search: Latest News and Rumors on Vacant Position

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

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Updates from Friday, June 6

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Jazz have found their new head coach:

Updates from Wednesday, June 4

Jody Genessy of the Deseret News has multiple tidbits of information regarding the Utah Jazz's search for their next head coach: 

Updates from Monday, June 2

ESPN LA's Ramona Shelburne has the latest on a candidates reported second interview with the Jazz:


Updates from Tuesday, May 13

ESPN's Marc Stein reports that a new candidate has emerged on Utah's radar for their head coaching vacancy: 

The Utah Jazz, as part of a broad coaching search expected to feature some 20 candidates, plan to sound out Jazz legend John Stockton to see whether he has any interest in the position, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that Jazz officials intend to at least pose the question to the Hall of Fame guard about his willingness to move into coaching, while mindful of Stockton's lack of previous coaching experience and the fact that he has long loathed the sort of spotlight associated with the job.

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey declined comment Tuesday night about Stockton or any other prospective candidates when reached by ESPN.com.

Updates from Wednesday, May 7

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Jazz have interest in one former player as their next head coach:

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

Early Tuesday morning, ESPN's Marc Stein suggested an interest candidate for head coach of the Jazz:

Stein went on to explain why Messina is a potential candidate:

Original Text

After finishing the regular season a disappointing 25-57, last in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz haven't wasted much time getting their offseason started. On Monday, the team decided against retaining head coach Tyrone Corbin.   

Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey commented on the move and spoke about Corbin, via NBA.com:

I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last three-plus seasons. This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward.

The search for a new coach now begins in earnest, according to Spencer Checketts of 1280 The Zone:

As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports shares, the team has already identified one potential candidate in Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen:

Sam Amick of USA Today thinks Lindsey will return to his roots in the search, whether that be Boylen or another candidate:

Expect the team to be very thorough in its search, however—as Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated points out, a lot is at stake in this decision:

With Trey BurkeAlec BurksGordon HaywardDerrick Favors and Enes Kanter on the roster and another lottery pick in this year's draft, the future appears bright for the Jazz. There is a young core in place that should instigate a major turnaround in Utah, and finding the right man to lead that movement will define the next five to 10 years of the organization.

Despite leading the team to the playoffs in 2011-12 and a winning record last year, this year's disappointing season—or carefully crafted tanking campaign, depending on how you look at it—indicated to the team Corbin wasn't the man for the job.

It certainly isn't easy replacing a legend, as SportsCenter on Twitter highlights:

Corbin was a valued assistant under Jerry Sloan, so he'll likely find another job around the league in a similar role. And he certainly isn't alone on the chopping block, as the New York Knicks fired Mike Woodson (per Amick) already as well.

Boylen is an intriguing early candidate. He spent time as the head coach of the University of Utah from 2007 to 2011, compiling an overall record of 69-60. He also represents one of the top franchises in the Association, and his time with Gregg Popovich can only be seen as a positive.

More names are sure to emerge in the coming weeks, though. With the potential of drafting a future star in this year's draft and pieces to build around, Utah's open position is one that should draw interest from available candidates.