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Spurs: Mapping out the ideal 5-year coach staff plan

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Spurs' 2025-26 Season

Head Coach: Quin Snyder
Lead Assistant Coach: Manu Ginobili
Popovich remains President

By the time the 2025-26 season comes around, the Spurs will hopefully have made huge strides in the Western Conference and will start getting back to being contenders if they aren't already. Gregg Popovich will have happily retired as the head coach but will still remain the team's president in charge of all operations while Quin Snyder will have had a year or two of assisting him to prepare for his eventual head coach role.

Whether it's his first or second year as the Spurs' head coach, Snyder will have some massive shoes to fill and will feel the pressure from fans to get back to or continue the organization's winning ways. By this point, I imagine Mitch Johnson will be long gone as a head coach elsewhere while Manu Ginobili is the lead assistant coach.

While there might be pressure on Quinn this season, his 2026-27 season might even be more crucial, as there could be a familiar face waiting in the wings if he can't get the job done.

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Spurs' 2026-27 Season

Head Coach: Quin Snyder
Lead Assistant Coach: Manu Ginobili
President: Gregg Popovich
Waiting in the wings: Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon's lucrative contract with the Las Vegas Aces made her the highest-paid head coach in WNBA history and will last all the way through the 2026-27 season. While that's quite an achievement and will likely lead to at least a couple of WNBA championships for her, I can't help but think her business in San Antonio isn't quite done yet.

Of course, if Snyder has this group in a good place or Manu Ginobili emerges as someone coveting a head coaching role, all of that might not matter. Either way, it'll be good to have an extremely qualified candidate waiting in the wings should the Spurs want to move in another direction by this point.

Hammon was beloved by everyone in San Antonio throughout her playing days and as an assistant coach, and I have no doubt she'd be welcomed back with open arms after what should be a very successful tenure in the WNBA. That said, if she does return to the NBA, she should settle for no less than a head coaching position -- something she already deserved last season.

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Depending on how this 2027 season goes, there could be an exciting reunion later in the decade, and it will have been a long time coming.