Jazz nation overjoyed with the return of Jerry Sloan to the Jazz organization

Published: Thursday, June 20 2013 11:25 a.m. MDT

Former Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan talks to the media about his new role with the organization at a press conference at Zions Bank Basketball Center Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Sloan will be a senior basketball advisor for the team.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

The news that legendary coach Jerry Sloan was going to rejoin the Utah Jazz organization in a senior advisory capacity hit the social media world Wednesday evening, and Jazz fans weren't hesitant to react.


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Sloan resigned from his head coaching position midway through the 2010-11 season, and current Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin took his place. Though Sloan's role with the team was not made official until this week, Sloan has not strayed far from the Jazz organization.

Throughout the 2012-13 NBA season, Sloan regularly attended Utah Jazz home games. Since the season ended, Sloan has been actively involved with Utah's pre-draft prospect evaluation activities.

The Jazz won seven division titles and racked up 13 seasons of 50-plus wins during Sloan's 23-year tenure as head coach from 1988 when he replaced Frank Layden until his resignation 26 months ago. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 with Jazz point guard great John Stockton.

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