Before he began his Hall of Fame coaching career with the Utah Jazz, Jerry Sloan was a two-time All-Star performer for the Chicago Bulls. He spent 10 of his 11 NBA seasons as a player in Chicago, averaging 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game with the Bulls. The tough, tenacious guard earned NBA All-Defensive Team honors a total of six times.
The franchise retired Sloan's No. 4 jersey, the first jersey retired by the Bulls, and after serving as a scout and assistant coach for Chicago, he was the Bulls' head coach for two-plus seasons, going 94-121 before getting fired in 1982. He then came to Utah as a team scout from 1983-84, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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Nov. 20, 1984 — Jerry Sloan is hired as an assistant coach on the Jazz staff by then-head coach Frank Layden.
Dec. 9, 1988— After Layden's abrupt resignation as coach prior to the 17th game of the season, at the Salt Palace against the Dallas Mavericks, Sloan becomes the new Jazz head coach.
Dec. 10, 1988— After losing the night before, Sloan guides the Jazz to his first win as head coach, 110-102, on the road against the L.A. Clippers.
Dec. 12, 1988 — Coach Sloan gets his first win in front of the Jazz home crowd, 110-94 over Miami.
April 22, 1989 — Sloan and the Jazz wrap up the Midwest Division championship, their first since 1984, with a 51-31 record. But Utah is subsequently swept out of the first round of the playoffs by Golden State.
April 27, 1990— Sloan guides Utah to his first playoff victory as coach of the Jazz, 113-96 over Phoenix. The Jazz eventually lose the first-round series with a Game 5 loss at home.
Nov. 2-3, 1990 — Sloan and the Jazz open the regular season with two games against the Phoenix Suns at Tokyo — the first time an American sports league plays regular-season games outside of North America.
May 2, 1991 — Coach Sloan wins his first playoff series as coach of the Jazz, clinching a first-round series against Phoenix with a 101-93 victory in Game 4. The Jazz then lose to Portland, 4-1, in the Western Conference semifinals.
April 19, 1992 — Sloan and the Jazz win their last seven games of the regular season to clinch the Midwest Division championship with a 55-27 mark, including a franchise-record 37-4 at home. They go on to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, falling to Portland 4-2.
Jan. 24, 1994 — Sloan becomes the franchise's all-time winningest coach with his 278th win.
May 31, 1994 — After finishing third in the Midwest Division, the Jazz reach the Western Conference finals for the second time in three seasons, losing to Houston 4-1.
Jan. 26, 1995 — Sloan guides the Jazz to their 15th consecutive road win, the second-longest streak in NBA history.
Feb. 1, 1995 — Sloan's team wins a franchise-record 14th straight game.
April 23, 1995 — By winning its last seven regular-season games and finishing with a franchise-best 60-22 mark, Sloan gets the Jazz all-time record over .500 (862-860) for the first time ever.
March 29, 1996 — Sloan guides the Jazz to their 19th straight win at home, tying the franchise record.
June 2, 1996 — Coach Sloan and the Jazz reach the Western Conference finals for the third time in six seasons, dropping a 90-86 duel at Seattle in Game 7.
July 19-Aug. 4, 1996 — Sloan serves as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, where John Stockton and Karl Malone are members of the gold medal-winning team.
Nov. 27, 1996 — Sloan guides the Jazz to victory over Denver after trailing by 36 points, the biggest comeback in NBA history.
April 20, 1997 — Sloan guides the Jazz to a Midwest Division championship, their first since 1992, and a franchise-record 64 regular-season wins, including 38 wins at home.
April 27, 1997 — Sloan guides the Jazz to their first-ever playoff sweep, 3-0 over the L.A. Clippers in the opening round.
May 29, 1997 — John Stockton's 3-pointer at the final buzzer sends Sloan and the Jazz to their first NBA Finals appearance with a 103-100 victory at Houston in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
June 13, 1997 — The Chicago Bulls close out the NBA Finals with a 90-86 win in Game 6 at Chicago.
May 24, 1998 — After winning their second straight Midwest Division title and surpassing 60 wins for the second consecutive season, the Jazz complete a four-game sweep of the Lakers in the Western Conference finals with a 96-92 win in Game 4 at L.A.
May 1998 — Sloan is named NBA Coach of the Year by the Sporting News, as voted on by the league's coaches, and finishes second in the NBA Coach of the Year balloting by media members.
June 14, 1998 — Sloan and the Jazz again fall to Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the NBA Finals, dropping an 87-86 heartbreaker in Game 6 at the Delta Center.
Dec. 29, 1999 — Sloan joins Red Auerbach (795 wins with Boston) and Red Holtzman (613 with New York) as the only coaches to ever win 600 or more games with one franchise.
April 19, 2000 — Sloan guides the Jazz to their sixth Midwest Division title in franchise history, and third in four years.
March 18, 2001 — Sloan coaches his 1,000th career game with the Jazz in a road win over the L.A. Clippers.
April 7, 2001 — Sloan joins Pat Riley and Phil Jackson as the only coaches to ever win at least 50 games in a season 10 times.
April 16, 2003 — Sloan guides the Jazz to their 20th straight playoff appearance, the third-longest streak in NBA history, in what will become Stockton and Malone's final seasons with the team.
Feb. 7, 2004 — Sloan notches his 900th career coaching win with a 96-92 victory at Phoenix.
April 14, 2004 — Sloan and the Jazz finish 42-40, the franchise's 19th consecutive winning season, but fail to make the playoffs for the first time since 1984. Sloan finishes second to Hubie Brown of Memphis for NBA Coach of the Year honors.
Dec. 14, 2004 — Sloan coaches his 1,500th career game, a 93-91 win over the Clippers.
March 26, 2005 — Sloan passes Red Auerbach for sixth place on the all-time career coaching wins list.
April 20, 2005 — Sloan and the Jazz finish 26-56, the franchise's first losing season since 1982-83, snapping a string of 19 straight winning seasons and 21 in a row at .500 or better.
April 19, 2006 — Sloan guides the Jazz to a final 41-41 showing, finishing at .500 or better for the 22nd time in 23 seasons.
Nov. 24, 2006 — Sloan guides the Jazz to a 114-108 victory over the Lakers, giving Utah a 12-1 record — the best start in franchise history.
Dec. 11, 2006 — Sloan earns his 1,000th career coaching win and also passes Larry Brown for fourth place on the all-time coaching victories list.
April 18, 2007 — Sloan guides the Jazz to a 51-31 record and the Northwest Division championship, their first division title since 2000 and seventh overall. In their first playoff appearance since 2003, the Jazz reach the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1998, losing to San Antonio in five games.
March 20, 2008 — The Jazz tie the franchise record with their 19th straight home win under Sloan. They wind up with the league's best home record (37-4) and go 26-1 at home in 2008.
April 16, 2008 — Utah wraps up its second straight Northwest Division title with a 54-28 record.
Nov. 7, 2008 — Sloan becomes the only coach in NBA history to win at least 1,000 games with one franchise with a 104-97 victory over Oklahoma City.
Dec. 9, 2008 — Sloan, the longest-tenured coach in NBA history and the longest current head coach in major professional sports, celebrates his 20th anniversary as Jazz head coach with a 99-96 win at Minnesota.
April 6, 2009 — Sloan is elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and, fittingly, will enter the shrine with Stockton.
April 14, 2009 — The Jazz finish 48-34 to earn their 18th playoff berth in Sloan's 21 seasons as head coach.
April 14, 2010 — The Jazz finish 53-29 to tie for the Northwest Division title, Sloan's eighth and final division championship as a coach. The Jazz reach the playoffs for Sloan's 19th and final time in 22 years as a head coach; they post a winning record for the 23rd time in 25 years and finish with a .500 record or better for the 26th time in 27 years.
April 10, 2011 — Sloan and longtime assistant Phil Johnson announce their resignations, with Tyrone Corbin taking over as the seventh head coach in franchise history. Sloan retires with a regular-season record of 1,127-682 (.623) and a postseason record of 96-100 (.490) for 1,223 career victories as Utah's head coach.
June 19, 2013 — Sloan returns to the Jazz organization as a senior basketball adviser.
Jan. 31, 2014 — Sloan will be honored with a banner displaying the number of his career coaching wins with the Jazz — 1,223 — hanging from the rafters at EnergySolutions Arena alongside those of Larry Miller, Frank Layden, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek, Mark Eaton, Adrian Dantley, Darrell Griffith, Pete Maravich and "Hot Rod" Hundley.
According to the Associated Press, Sloan will be a senior basketball adviser on a multi-year deal, the Jazz announced on Wednesday. He will provide guidance to Corbin as well as help out in terms of player evaluation. The 71-year-old coaching legend made his thoughts known about the hire in a report written by Jody Genessy of the Desert News. Read more here.
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