(SALT LAKE CITY) — Jerry Sloan is coming home. The Utah Jazz have hired Sloan as a consultant.
The team announced Wednesday that they have signed Sloan to a multi-year deal and that he will serve as a senior basketball advisor. Sloan will assist head coach Ty Corbin and serve as a talent evaluator.
Sloan served as the team’s head coach for 23 full seasons. During that time, he took the team to the playoffs 19 times and reached the NBA Finals twice. He resigned in February 2011 in the middle of the season after clashing with point guard Deron Williams, among other reasons.
“In my new role with the Jazz franchise, I hope to help the basketball operatons staff and Ty in any way that I can to achieve their goals,” Sloan said in a statement. “I would like to thank the Miller family for the opportunity to be part of the organization again.”
Corbin is happy to have Sloan back with the franchise.
“I am glad Jerry is going to continue to be involved with our organization,” Corbin said. “We will benefit from his wealth of basketball experience. I am looking forward to his continued contributions.”
Three weeks ago, the Jazz hired one of the best players Sloan coached, Hall of Famer Karl Malone, to a part-time role to work with the team’s big men.
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