Basketball Legend Jerry Sloan Dies

May 22, 2020

Jerry Sloan playing for the Aces at Roberts Stadium circa 1965
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A basketball Hall of Famer who became a star at the University of Evansville has died. 

McLeansboro, Illinois native Jerry Sloan died at the age of 78.

The NBA reported on its website that the former Aces star, pro player, and longtime Utah Jazz coach succumbed to complications from Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

As a player, Sloan led UE – then Evansville College – to two Division Two national championships in 1964 and ’65.

The Aces retired his No. 52 jersey.

He spent much of his NBA playing career as a member of the Chicago Bulls.

Sloan then coached the Bulls before beginning a 23-year coaching career at Utah.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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