SALT LAKE CITY — As news broke Friday morning that legendary Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan passed away, numerous prominent local figures shared their condolences and thoughts about the Hall of Famer.
“Jerry Sloan was a fierce competitor and disciplinarian — and he was the heart and soul of the Utah Jazz for years,” Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement. “His emphasis on defense and team play got the most raw talent out of the players. He was ‘old school’ and will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with Jerry Sloan’s family and friends as they mourn his passing.