Sloan to Return Next Year

Sloan to Return Next Year

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Jerry Sloan announced Tuesday that he will return for a 16th season as coach of the Utah Jazz.

Sloan still has a year left on his contract, but he said after the Jazz were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by Sacramento that he wanted to think about it before he committed to another season.

It took less than two weeks back at his farm in McLeansboro, Ill., for the 61-year-old to decide to return.

Sloan, who took over for former coach Frank Layden early in the 1988-89 season and is 781-400 with the Jazz, holds the longest tenure among any coach or manager in the four major professional sports.

Sloan finished third in NBA coach of the year after guiding the Jazz to a 47-35 record, a three-game improvement over 2001-02.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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