List of Utah Jazz head coaches

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The Jazz have played in the EnergySolutions Arena since 1991.

The Utah Jazz is an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The team joined the NBA in 1974 as an expansion team called the New Orleans Jazz until they relocated to Salt Lake City in 1979. The Jazz have won two consecutive Western Conference championships in 1997 and 1998.[1] The Jazz have played their home games at the EnergySolutions Arena, first known as Delta Center, since 1991.[2] The Jazz is owned by the estate of the late Larry H. Miller, and Kevin O'Connor is their general manager.[3]

There have been eight head coaches for the Jazz franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Scotty Robertson, who coached for 14 games. Jerry Sloan is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (1,673), the most regular-season game wins (1,043), the highest regular-season winning percentage (.623), the most playoff games coached (186), the most playoff-game wins (92), and the highest playoff winning percentage (.495). Sloan is the first coach to win over 1000 games with one NBA team,[4] the leader for the most consecutive seasons coached with the same team in major professional sports history, having coached for 21 seasons with the Jazz,[5] and the only Jazz coach to have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach, having been enshrined in 2009.[6] Frank Layden, who coached the Jazz for eight seasons, is the only Jazz coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, having won it in the 1983–84 season.[7] Layden is also the only coach to have a number retired by the Jazz ("1" in 1988).[8] Elgin Baylor and Layden have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Jazz. Sloan had been the head coach of the Jazz from 1988 until his retirement in 2011. From 2011 to the end of the 2013 season the Jazz were coached by Tyrone Corbin. The current coach is Quin Snyder.

Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Jazz
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 season.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Robertson, ScottyScotty Robertson 1974 15 1 14 .067 [9]
2 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* 1974 1 0 1 .000 [10]
3 van Breda Kolff, ButchButch van Breda Kolff 19741976 174 74 100 .425 [11]
Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* 19761979 220 86 134 .391 [10]
4 Nissalke, TomTom Nissalke 19791981 184 60 124 .326 [12]
5 Layden, FrankFrank Layden* 19811988 571 277 294 .485 41 18 23 .439 1983–84 NBA Coach of the Year[7]
Had the number 1 jersey retired by the Jazz in 1988[8]
[13]
6 Sloan, JerryJerry Sloandagger 19882011 1809 1127 682 .623 196 96 100 .490 2 Western Conference championships (1997, 1998)[1]
Most consecutive games coached with the same team in NBA history[5]
First coach to have more than 1,000 wins with a single NBA team[4]
[14]
7 Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin* 20112014 258 112 146 .434 4 0 4 .000 [15]
8 Snyder, QuinQuin Snyder* 2014 Hired as Utah Jazz head coach on June 6, 2014 [16]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Jazz. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Utah Jazz". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Facts & History". EnergySolutions Arena. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Staff Directory". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Jazz's Sloan first coach with 1,000 wins for one team". CBS Sports. CBS Interactive. November 7, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Sloan's secret: 'Put the best effort in'". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. December 9, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Jordan, Robinson lead Hall's 2009 class". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. April 6, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Utah Jazz Retired Numbers". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Scotty Robertson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Elgin Baylor Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Butch Van Breda Kolff". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Tom Nissalke Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Frank Layden Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Jerry Sloan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Tyrone Corbin Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Utah Jazz to hire Quin Snyder". ksl.com. KSL Broadcasting Salt Lake City UT. Retrieved June 6, 2014.