iconic Utah coach Jerry Sloan died at 78

Jazz coach for 23 years (1988-2011), Jerry Sloan will forever be a symbol of the Utah team.

Jerry Sloan is no more. Iconic Utah Jazz coach died of Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia on Friday, aged 78. "Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with Utah Jazz," the club said in a statement. He will always be part of the organization and we join his family, friends and fans to mourn his loss. "We are so grateful for what he has accomplished here in Utah and for the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he has brought to our franchise." And to add: "Like (John) Stockton and (Karl) Malone as players, Jerry Sloan embodies the organization. Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with Utah Jazz. ”

It must be said that the interested party, twice All Star (1967 and 1969) and known for his defense and his hardness during his playing career (from 1965 to 1976, including ten seasons in Chicago), left his mark on the franchise from Utah. If he started his coaching career with the Bulls (1979-82), Sloan joined Jazz in 1983, as a recruiter first, before joining Frank Layden's staff in November 1984. When the said Layden resigned, the November 9, 1988, it is he who takes the reins of the team, already led by Karl Malone and John Stockton at the time.

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