SALT LAKE CITY — Ty Corbin has been the head coach of the Utah Jazz since Feb. 10. Now Jerry Sloan's replacement even has a contract to go with his fancy new title and responsibilities.
The 48-year-old Corbin signed a multi-year deal with the Jazz on Wednesday, securing his position as Utah's bench boss for the foreseeable future. Terms of the contract were not released.
Corbin has not expressed concern about being head coach sans a contract, saying on multiple occasions he trusted the deal would be worked out between Jazz brass and his agent and that coaching the team was his top priority.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to lead the Jazz, and to get to follow a legendary figure like Coach Sloan," said Corbin. "I am truly grateful that the Miller family has the confidence in me to allow me to lead this team into a new era."
After making the announcement on 1320 KFAN, Jazz president Randy Rigby spoke highly of Corbin's character and said, "He really is the right man."
Jazz CEO Greg Miller expressed his confidence in Corbin, a former Utah player who'd been a Sloan assistant for seven seasons.
"I am confident that Tyrone is the right man to lead this team into the future," Miller said. "He is someone with longstanding ties to the Jazz and this community, and who has embraced the core philosophies and ideals this organization holds true. I feel that his character and leadership qualities will be true assets to the Jazz moving forward for many years to come."
Corbin is now officially the seventh head coach in Jazz franchise history, dating back to the New Orleans era, and the fourth since the team relocated to Utah in 1979.
Despite being the second assistant behind Phil Johnson, Corbin was voted as the No. 2 top assistant coach in a vote by NBA general managers.
Corbin played 16 seasons in the NBA — spending the 1991-94 seasons in Utah as The Milkman — and also spent the 2003-04 season as the New York Knicks' player development manager. He was a two-time honorable mention All-American at DePaul before being drafted 35th overall by San Antonio in the 1985 NBA Draft.
"He is ready for this job," Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said, "and we feel certain he will excel as a head coach just as he excelled as an assistant coach and as a player."
Corbin isn't quite ready to hire a third assistant coach just yet. And it's possible, he said, that the Jazz could finish off this season with the three-man coaching crew of Corbin and assistants Scott Layden and Jeff Hornacek.
Because the Jazz are so deep into the season, bringing a new coach in would have an element of difficulty because he will have to catch up to speed to Utah's system before being able to fully help the players.
Without naming names, Corbin said the Jazz have no shortage of applicants, though.
"We're looking at a lot of guys," he said. "We've got a ton of calls of guys interested in coming, which is a good thing because they like what we're doing here. We want it to be a stable situation for everybody."