Jerry Sloan To Step Down as Utah Jazz Head Coach

February 10th, 2011 by Randy Lutz Leave a reply »
In breaking—and extremely surprising—news today out of Utah, Jerry Sloan will resign as Utah Jazz coach effective immediately.  The move will be officially announced at a press conference later today.  Along with Sloan, longtime assistant Phil Johnson will also reportedly resign.  Ty Corbin (assistant coach) is expected to be announced as his interim replacement.

Sloan has been the longest tenured coach in any pro sport for many years now.  He is a widely respected coach throughout the league and profession and will be dearly missed by the sport.  He began working as a scout for the Jazz in 1983 (after three years as the Bulls' head coach) and was named their head coach in 1988, a position he has held since.  

Throughout that time, Sloan has amassed 1,221 wins with a 60.3 percent winning percentage (For those of you without a calculator handy, that's 803 losses.).  Prior to coaching, Sloan played 11 seasons in the NBA, primarily with Chicago, where he averaged about 14 point and five rebounds per game.

Many are speculating Sloan's resignation as a direct reaction to last night's loss to the Bulls. &n ...

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