After announcing that Tyrone Corbin has been let go, the Jazz will now commence a search for only the fifth head coach in 35 years since the franchise relocated from New Orleans in 1979. Since 1974, the Jazz franchise has only employed seven head coaches.
Corbin is the first Jazz coach to be let go since then-general manager Frank Layden fired Tom Nissalke, the original Utah-era coach, early in the 1981-82 season.
Here are 12 men that will likely be on the short list of possible replacements for Tyrone Corbin as head coach.
Karl coached 25 years in the NBA, most recently with the Denver Nuggets, where he was named coach of the year after a 57-25 season.
He’s considered a young up-and-comer who could be ready to take the leap to the NBA after going 90-47 in four years with his alma mater. Before getting into coaching, he had an average NBA career playing for three different teams — Indiana, Chicago and Minnesota — from 1995-2005.
Except for a year working as a consultant for the Los Angeles Lakers, this Italian has no NBA experience. He was considered by Atlanta in its coaching search last year and is highly regarded for his success in EuropeItalian coach who's at CSKA Moscow with four Euroleague championships.
He’s a former former Jazz player (1992-93), who has NBA experience as the head coach at Milwaukee (2006-07) and assistant with New Jersey (2010-11). He just signed an extension with Utah and seems happy coaching college basketball.
The former University of Utah standout was listed by ESPN as one of the brightest coaching prospects after being named D-League coach of year last year at Canton. His age and lack of NBA experience may work against him.
He has been with the Jazz in player development and worked as the head coach for the Utah Flash (2007-2010) and for the Austin Toros (2011-12) in the D-League. He is the nephew of former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.
He coached the Knicks for five years and the Houston Rockets for four years (2003-07) at a time when Dennis Lindsey was with the organization. He has publicly expressed an interest in returning to coaching.
He has worked as an assistant for four different franchises, New York, Houston, Memphis and Chicago for the past four seasons under Tom Thibodeau. Greer was at Houston when Dennis Lindsey worked there.
He’s known as a “defensive guru” who worked with Dennis Lindsey in Houston. Before going to Phoenix to assist first-year coach Jeff Hornacek, Longabardi spent four seasons with Houston and six with Boston under Doc Rivers.
The former NBA player coached in parts of seven seasons in the NBA, all with the Memphis Grizzlies organization. He has a local tie as a former Dixie College player.
If you look at his resume, he looks like a top candidate for any NBA job. He’s been an assistant in the NBA for 17 years for five different teams, Houston, Milwaukee, Golden State, Indiana and San Antonio. He knows Dennis Lindsey from his time in with the Rockets. However, his lack of success as a head coach at the University of Utah from 2007-2011, could work against him.
Sloan resigned as Jazz coach in February of 2011 after 23 seasons. He returned as a consultant for the Jazz and was seen at most practices this year. In between he was mentioned as a candidate for NBA jobs in Charlotte and Orlando. While Sloan enjoys being back in the game, it’s unlikely he’d be given another go-around by the Jazz.