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Notable Utahns Recognize Storied Utah Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan

Gov. Gary Herbert chats with former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, at the Governor's State of Sport Awards at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Notable coaches, teams, and politicians from the state of Utah paid their respects to legendary Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan after he passed away at the age of 78.

Sloan passed away on Friday, May 22.

The storied former NBA player and head coach had been dealing with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia since April 2016.

After learning of Sloan’s passing, notable Utahns remembered and honored the Jazz legend.

Fellow Coaches

Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham said, “We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of the legend, Coach Jerry Sloan. Our thoughts go out to his family and everyone at the Utah Jazz.”

“Rest In Peach Coach Sloan,” tweeted Southern Utah men’s basketball head coach Todd Simon. “An absolute icon. Was ahead of the times with ball screen basketball. Some great stories circulating today.”


“Jerry Sloan was a fierce competitor and disciplinarian – and he was the heart and soul of the Utah Jazz for years,” tweeted Utah governor Gary Herbert. “His emphasis on defense and team play got the most raw talent out of the players. Our prayers are with Jerry Sloan’s family and friends as they mourn his passing.

“I didn’t expect to cry today. Jerry wouldn’t like that,” posted Utah lieutenant governor Spencer Cox. “I’m heartbroken. Much will be written and said about him, but this is all you need to know. They say you should never meet your heroes… but over the past few years I did. And he was everything I hoped he would be.”

“Utah is home to many great coaches. Jerry Sloan will always be remembered as one of the greatest,” posted former Utah governor Jon Huntsman. “He was an inspiration on the court and a leader in the community. I was saddened to learn of his passing, and I send my condolences to his family.”

Utah congressman Ben McAdams tweeted, “Respect and love for Coach Jerry Sloan. My thoughts are with his family.”



Former Real Salt Lake goalkeeper recognized the legendary Jazz coach.

Sports Teams & Organizations

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said, “Nothing but respect for Coach Sloan.”

Utah athletic director Mark Harlan said, “A Legend – my thoughts and prayers to the Sloan family.”

“Rest in peace and thank you, Coach Sloan,” tweeted Utah Athletics.

Utah Football tweeted, “Our heartfelt condolences to the Utah Jazz family, and all the friends and family of Coach Sloan.”

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of legendary Hall of Fame Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan,” posted Utah men’s basketball. “He will be greatly missed.”

This story will be updated.