10 Things You Need To Know about Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan

May 3rd, 2010 by TIM PETERSON Leave a reply »
A long time ago, a wet-behind-the-ear coach by the name of Jerry Sloan resigned from his coaching position at the University of Evansville. He never had a chance to run a single practice or cuss out a single player. And thank goodness he resigned—because that decision may have saved Sloan's life. Months later, tragedy would strike the Evansville basketball program. The team's charter flight crashed in the fog, at the Evansville Airport, killing all 29 passengers. Before Sloan made his mark as a Hall of Fame coach, he was best known for his gritty persona as an NBA defender and two-time All-Star with the Chicago Bulls. Sloan played 10 seasons in the Windy City and became known as “The Original Bull.” He’ll be remembered for his determination and will to compete, both as a player and a coach. From 1966 to 1976, Sloan was the essence of toughness in Chicago and throughout the NBA. Even though he failed in his three-year stint as the Bulls' coach, it was his tenacity as a player that set him apart and led him down a brilliant coaching career with the Utah Jazz. Sloan is one of 18 players in NBA history to be voted to the All-Defensive First Team at lea ...

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