MCLEANSBORO – Long time Hall of Fame Utah Jazz head coach and McLeansboro native Jerry Sloan passed away Friday due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia at the age of 78.
McLeansboro mayor Dick Deitz played basketball at Hamilton County High School with Sloan. He said there was no better ambassador for the city and Hamilton County than his friend Jerry Sloan.
After his days in southeast Illinois, Sloan went on to play basketball at the University of Evansville before playing and coaching in the NBA for more than 45 years. Sloan wrapped up his head coaching career with the Jazz in third place on the list of NBA wins as a coach all-time.