Born In: McLeansboro, Illinois, United States
Jerry Sloan was a former American NBA head coach and player. He has immortalized his legacy for his record-breaking stint with the pro-basketball team ‘Utah Jazz’. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, Sloan held many records. Before his retirement, he was third in all-time NBA wins and was only the fifth coach to ever reach over a 1000 victories. If that wasn’t enough, he was also only the second coach in NBA history to have more than a thousand victories with one team, ‘Utah Jazz’. He was also widely respected for being the longest-tenured coach in American professional sports history. He was an equally prolific basketball player as well. Sloan is considered to be one of the greatest defensive guards and hard-nosed rebounders in NBA history. He played for the ‘Evansville Purple Aces’ and ‘Baltimore Bullets’. Jerry Sloan is also known as the “The Original Bull” for his achievements playing for the ‘Chicago Bulls’. Such was the respect for him that his “number 4 jersey” became the first to be retired in ‘Chicago Bulls’ history.
Also Known As: Gerald Eugene Sloan
Died At Age: 78
Spouse/Ex-: Tammy Jessop (m. 2006), Bobbye Sloan (m. 1963–2004)
siblings: Charles Ralph Sloan
children: Brian Sloan, Holly Sloan Parish, Kathy Sloan Wood
Born Country: United States
place of death: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Notable Alumni: University Of Evansville
: Lewy Body Dementia
Cause of Death: Parkinson's Disease
U.S. State: Illinois
education: University of Evansville
His career as a pro-basketball player ended in 1976, with the ‘Chicago Bulls’, following many knee injuries. Before his retirement, he had scored more than fifteen points almost every game and had a rebounding average of 7.4 per game.
In 1976, Sloan became the coach for the ‘University of Evansville’ team for 5 days. He was then recruited by the ‘Chicago Bulls’ in 1978, as a scout and then made an assistant coach.
Jerry Sloan was married to his high-school sweetheart, Barbara Irvin (Bobbye) from April 12, 1963, until her death to pancreatic cancer on June 18, 2004. They had three children together, Brian Sloan, Kathy Sloan Wood, Holly Sloan Parish.
In 2006, Sloan married Tammy Jessop. He had a stepson from the marriage named Rhett.
Jerry Sloan died from complications of parkinson disease and dementia, on May 22, 2020. He was 78.
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