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Ute offensive coordinator Dave Christensen has ties to new Jazz coach Quin Snyder

Published: Monday, June 9 2014 7:40 p.m. MDT

Utah Utes offensive coordinator  Dave Christensen looks over his notes during spring practice in Salt Lake City  Tuesday, March 18, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes offensive coordinator Dave Christensen looks over his notes during spring practice in Salt Lake City Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — New Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder will see a familiar face in town. Snyder has a couple of ties to Utah offensive coordinator Dave Christensen. Besides Washington state roots, they were colleagues at the University of Missouri for a seven-year span from 1999-2006. Both rose to prominence with the Tigers — Snyder as head coach of the basketball team and Christensen as mastermind of a high-powered offense for the football program.

“We visited some. We were both busy at different seasons at different times,” Christensen said. “But I got to know him a little bit and he’s a good guy.”

Christensen, who grew up in Everett, Washington, and later coached college and high school ball in the area, recalls watching Snyder play at Mercer Island, Washington, and at Duke.

“I think he’ll do a great job. He’s got a great mind, a basketball mind,” Christensen said. “He’s been successful everywhere he’s been and I think he’ll have great success with the Utah Jazz.”

Quin Snyder gestures fter being introduced as the new Utah Jazz head coach during an NBA basketball news conference Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz announced Friday that they hired the Atlanta Hawks assistant coach to replace Tyrone Corbin, who was let go earlier this year after three-plus seasons in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Rick Bowmer, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Quin Snyder gestures fter being introduced as the new Utah Jazz head coach during an NBA basketball news conference Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz announced Friday that they hired the Atlanta Hawks assistant coach to replace Tyrone Corbin, who was let go earlier this year after three-plus seasons in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Rick Bowmer, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Christensen, who is six years older than Snyder, acknowledged it’s a small world being reunited with him in Utah.

“It is,” said Christensen, who plans to send Snyder an email soon. “It’s great to have him here.”

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