Jerry Sloan Wiki – Jerry Sloan Biography
Gerald Eugene Sloan (March 28, 1942 – May 22, 2020) was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player and head coach, and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. NBA commissioner David Stern referred to Sloan as “one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history”. Sloan had a career regular-season win–loss record of 1,221–803, placing him third all-time in NBA wins at the time he retired.
Sloan was only the fifth coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 victories and is one of two coaches in NBA history to record 1,000 wins with one club (the Utah Jazz). He also coached for one team longer than anyone in NBA history. The 2009–10 season was his 22nd season (and 21st full season) as coach of the Jazz. Sloan coached the Jazz to 15 consecutive playoff appearances from 1989 to 2003. Although he never won a Coach of the Year award, he is one of only four coaches in NBA history with 15-plus consecutive seasons with a winning record (Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson are the others). He led Utah to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, but lost to the Chicago Bulls both times.
After Tom Kelly stepped down as manager of the Minnesota Twins in Major League Baseball in 2001, Sloan became the longest-tenured head coach in American major league sports with their current franchise. He resigned on February 10, 2011. On June 19, 2013, the Utah Jazz announced that Sloan was returning as an adviser and scouting consultant. Sloan died on May 22, 2020, after having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia in 2016.
Facts You Need to Know
28 March 1942, McLeansboro, Illinois, United States
22 May 2020
Hall of fame induction:
Tammy Jessop (m. 2006), Bobbye Sloan (m. 1963–2004)
Born and raised in Gobbler’s Knob, 15 miles (24 km) south of McLeansboro, Illinois, Sloan was the youngest of 10 children and was raised by a single mother after his father died when Jerry was 4 years old. He would wake up at 4:30 a.m. to do farm chores and then walk almost two miles to get to school in time for 7 a.m. basketball practice. Sloan graduated an all-state player from McLeansboro High School in 1960.
Personal life and death
Sloan married his high-school sweetheart, Bobbye. After a well-publicized six-year battle against breast cancer, she died of pancreatic cancer in 2004. They had three children and were married 41 years. One of his sons, Brian, was an all-state center for McLeansboro High School and was a member of its undefeated 1984 Class A IHSA basketball championship team. After leading the Foxes to the championship, Brian Sloan was named Mr. Basketball and was a McDonald’s All-American for 1984 in Illinois. Brian Sloan also played five seasons under Coach Bob Knight at Indiana University, collecting an NCAA title in 1987, where he pledged Beta Epsilon. Brian’s son, and Jerry’s grandson, Grant is a member of the Indiana University baseball team.
In 2006, Jerry Sloan married Tammy Jessop, in Salt Lake City. Sloan had a stepson, Rhett, as a result of this marriage.
Sloan was known to wear John Deere hats, collected antique furniture and dolls, and to collect and restore tractors as a hobby. After amassing a collection of tractors that numbered 70, Sloan decided to sell all but two of them after a 35-year-old Allis-Chalmers tractor was stolen. After years of a self-confessed habit of drinking and smoking too much, he stopped both, although he claimed that it never affected him or his coaching.
In April 2016, Sloan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. He died on May 22, 2020, at age 78, from complications of the diseases.