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Sloan adds another year


Jerry Sloan, the longest-tenured professional coach in US sports with 20 years at the Utah Jazz, agreed to a one-year contract extension on Sunday with the NBA side.

Sloan, 66, has had the longest stay of any coach with any team in National Basketball Association history. He replaced Frank Layden in guiding the Jazz on Dec. 9, 1988.

While Sloan has never guided the Jazz to an NBA title, he has helped keep them competitive for 20 seasons, producing 18 playoff trips, seven division titles and two Western Conference championships.

The Jazz lost each of their trips to the NBA Finals, in 1997 and 1998, to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.

“We have been blessed as an organization that Jerry Sloan has been with us as long as he has. Jerry is the standard for hard work and consistency,” Jazz chief executive Greg Miller said. “He has brought a level of credibility to the Utah Jazz that nobody else could. I’m excited that we’ll have Jerry with us through 2010.”

Sloan ranks fourth on the all-time NBA win list with a career record of 1,113-734.

This season he became the first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with the same club and now stands at 1,019-613 with the Jazz, who are 24-17 and rank eighth in the Western Conference this season.

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