Jerry Sloan returning for 18th season in Utah
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz announced on Thursday that head coach Jerry Sloan will return for his 18th season with the club. The team has also agreed to a contract extension with Sloan through the 2007-2008 season.
"I am extremely pleased Jerry is returning and that he made his decision in such a timely manner," said Jazz owner Larry H. Miller. "I have watched Jerry closely this past season and he has become energized by teaching these young players the game the way it ought to be played. His constant commitment to this franchise, its players, fans and community are remarkable to me personally and professionally."
Sloan has guided the Jazz since assuming the reins from former head coach Frank Layden on December 9, 1988. He is the franchise's winningest coach (943-617) and has the longest active tenure with one team in the NBA, as well as professional sports, as a head coach.
"I am glad this decision is behind me and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead of me," said Sloan. "I am grateful for all the opportunities and assurances Larry and this franchise have provided to me."
During his stay, Utah has made two NBA Finals appearances (1997 and 1998) and has captured five Midwest Division titles. From 1989-2000, Sloan led the Jazz to 15 consecutive winning seasons, 15 straight trips to the NBA Playoffs (1989-2003) and 10 50-win seasons.UTA