Jazz To Hire Scott Layden As Assistant Coach

Jazz To Hire Scott Layden As Assistant Coach

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz have reached an agreement to hire former New York Knicks president Scott Layden as an assistant coach.

The Jazz announced the hiring in an e-mail Wednesday, ahead of a news conference by team vice president Kevin O'Connor. Layden was traveling abroad, so the deal will not be completed until later in the week. "I am really pleased to make this announcement," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said in a release. "Scott has an extensive amount of basketball knowledge and will bring a great deal to our coaching staff."

The 46-year-old Layden will officially start Sunday when the team meets for rookie camp prior to the start of the Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue on July 15.

The Jazz would not disclose terms of the contract.

Layden and Sloan spent six seasons together as assistants when Scott's father Frank Layden coached the Jazz. Scott Layden stayed on the bench when Sloan took over on 1988.

Layden, spent 18 years with the Jazz as an administrative assistant, scout, assistant coach, director of player personnel and vice president of basketball operations. He left Utah in 1999 to become president and general manager of the Knicks.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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