11 Feb 2011

Long serving Utah Jazz coach retires

6:46 pm on 11 February 2011

One of the longest serving coaches in American sport has retired.

Jerry Sloan, the NBA's longest serving coach at one club, has stepped down from the Utah Jazz after 23 seasons in charge.

Sloan, who turns 69 next month, ranks third for the most wins for a coach in NBA history with over 12 hundred victories after taking over as Jazz coach in 1988.

Despite his lengthy career Sloan never won an NBA title, coming closest when the Jazz lost to the Bulls in the NBA finals in 97 and 98.

Sloan's years in the same job rank fourth on the all-time US sport list among managers and coaches of professional teams trailing Connie Mack's 50 in baseball and 29-year NFL stints by Curly Lambeau at Green Bay and Tom Landry at Dallas.