Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan is now the team's senior basketball adviser. (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images)
Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has returned to the team, this time as a senior basketball adviser, the team announced Wednesday.
Sloan coached the Jazz for 23 seasons and led them to 19 playoffs trips, two NBA Finals appearances and seven division titles. The team had 16 straight winning season from 1988-2004. He won 1,221 games in 26 seasons as an NBA coach.
Sloan's role will be supporting the team's basketball operations and coaching staff through player evaluations at workouts, camps, and summer league.
“The basketball knowledge and experience that Jerry brings is invaluable, and his insights will help in our pursuit of becoming a championship-caliber team,” said Rigby. “We are pleased to formally welcome Jerry back into the organization as an adviser.”
“I am glad Jerry is going to continue to be involved with our organization,” said Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin. “We will benefit from his wealth of basketball experience. I am looking forward to his continued contributions.”
“In my new role with the Jazz franchise, I hope to help the basketball operations staff and Ty in any way that I can to achieve their goals,” said Sloan. “I would like to thank the Miller family for the opportunity to be part of the organization again.”
Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.