The man who guided the big Jazz teams in the 1990s has passed away.
Jerry Sloan died early Friday morning at the age of 78 after battles with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, the team announced.
“Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with Utah Jazz,” the franchise said in a statement. “He will forever be a part of the Jazz Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans to mourn his loss. We are very grateful for what he has accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty, and persistence he has brought to our franchise. “
Karl Malone had revealed on Monday that Sloan was “not doing well” and asked for prayers for his former coach.
The Hall of Famer retired in 2011 after 23 years at the helm in Utah, who came after three years as Bulls head coach. His teams have a record of 1221-803, including 1127-682 marks and 20 playoff appearances with Jazz, who won a pair of Western Conference championships under his supervision before falling to Bulls Michael Jordan in 1997 and 1998.
“Like it [John] Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan symbolizes organization, “the team said. “He will be missed very much. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tammy, the whole Sloan family and all who know and love him. “