UTAH JAZZ COACH JERRY SLOAN

Jerry Sloan Memorial Begins To Form At Vivint Smart Home Arena

May 22, 2020, 1:33 PM | Updated: May 28, 2020, 2:56 pm

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Photo: Mitch Harper, KSL Sports

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The afternoon after legendary Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan passed away – a memorial has begun to form in front of Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Sloan passed away Friday morning at the age of 78 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. He was diagnosed in 2016.

He was the face of the Jazz franchise and his influence is still felt today. Sloan was the longest-tenured head coach in American major league sports with the same franchise when he resigned as the head coach of the Jazz on February 10, 2011.

Sloan worked as an assistant coach for Frank Layden from 1984 to 1988.

On December 12, 1988, Frank Layden abruptly resigned, and Jerry Sloan became the head coach of the Utah Jazz. It was the beginning of a Hall of Fame career.

Remembering Jerry Sloan

Former/current players, notable Utahns and influential people from all over the nation have paid tribute to Jerry Sloan.

From former Jazzman Deron Williams to the Governor of Utah, Sloan has been remembered by many on this day.

The memorial is beginning to fill with flowers just outside the arena on the famous “J Note.”

There is also a billboard with a photo of Sloan that reads, “Rest easy, coach.”

 

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