Jerry Sloan was a former American professional NBA player and Head coach. Jerry Sloan was famous as one of the most respected and greatest coaches in NBA history. Likewise, played 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) before beginning a 30-year coaching career.
Jerry Sloan full name Gerald Eugene Sloan was born in the year 1942 and celebrated his birthday on the 28th of March every year. Likewise, the former NBA star was 78 years old at the time of his death. Jerry Sloan was born in Illinois, USA. The former NBA coach belonged of American nationality and was born under the star sign Aries.
Moving on to Jerry’s family, he has not revealed the names of his parents. Likewise, Sloan was Born and raised in Gobbler’s Knob, Illinois, 15 miles (24 km) south of McLeansboro, Illinois. Sloan was the youngest of 10 children and was raised by a single mother after his father died when Jerry was 4 years old. The former NBA star would wake up at 4:30 a.m. to do farm chores and then walk almost two miles to get to school in time for 7 a.m. basketball practice.
Jerry Sloan went on to attend McLeansboro High School. The NBA star completed his education as an all-state player in 1960. Likewise, Sloan then went to the University of Illinois for a short time and then joined the University of Evansville.
Career and Professional Life
Jerry started his college basketball career for the ‘Evansville Purple Aces men’s basketball team. Likewise, In recognition of Jerry’s achievements, his “jersey number 52” was retired by the ‘University of Evansville’. Moreover, Jerry made his entry into the world of the NBA when he was selected 19th in the ‘1964 NBA Draft’ by the ‘Baltimore Bullets’.
Jerry was selected 4th overall in the 1965 NBA Draft by the ‘Baltimore Bullets’ again. Likewise, Sloan was part of the ‘NBA All-Star team in 1967 and 1969. As part of the first NBA ‘Chicago Bulls’ team (1966 – 1976), Jerry went on to become one of their greatest players ever.
Jerry led the team to the playoffs and their first division title, in their first season. Similarly, Jerry’s career as a pro-basketball player ended in 1976 with the ‘Chicago Bulls’, following many knee injuries. Before Jerry’s retirement, he had scored more than 15 points almost every game.
In the year 1976, Sloan became the coach for the ‘University of Evansville’ team for five days. Jerry was then recruited by the ‘Chicago Bulls’ in 1978 as a scout and then made an assistant coach.
In the year 1979, Jerry Sloan became the head coach for ‘Chicago Bulls’ (1979 – 1982). In Sloan’s three seasons, he won 94 games and lost 121.
Furthermore, Jerry Sloan also led the ‘Utah Jazz’ to ‘NBA Finals’ in 1997 and 1998. For the years ‘2006 – 2007’, ‘2007 – 2008’, and ‘2009 – 2010’ seasons, Jerry coached the team to first place again in the ‘Northwest Division’ in the ‘Western Conference’. Moreover, Jerry resigned as head coach on February 10, 2011. On January 19, 2013, he returned as an adviser for the ‘Utah Jazz’. Similarly, Sloan was honored by the franchise on January 31, 2014, with a banner stating “1223”, representing his wins.
Jerry Sloan has not won any awards to date. However, in the year 2009, Jerry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Moreover, the former NBA coach has earned a decent sum of wealth throughout his career. As of now, Jerry Sloan enjoys a net worth of $12 million at the moment.
Jerry Sloan was married to his high-school sweetheart, Barbara Irvin(Bobbye). The pair married each other on April 12, 1963. The couple has three children together. Their names are Brian Sloan, Kathy Sloan Wood, Holly Sloan Parish. In the year 2006, Sloan married Tammy Jessop. Similarly, Jerry has a stepson from the marriage named Rhett.
Body measurements and Social media
Jerry Sloan was a handsome man. As for his height, Jerry stood tall at 6 feet 5 inches and weighed 88 kg. Likewise, he had brown hair with a pair of brown eyes.
Jerry Sloan is not active on any social media sites. However, many fans have created a fan page for him.