January 5, 1932 |
Brooklyn, New York
|High school||Fort Hamilton (Brooklyn, New York)|
|1976–1979||Atlanta Hawks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
In addition to his coaching at the professional level, Layden coached at Adelphi Suffolk College and
is also a former head coach and player of his alma mater Niagara University's basketball team. Layden coached Niagara to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1970, with the help of Calvin Murphy. In 1976 he was hired to be an assistant coach with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks joining former Niagara teammate Hubie Brown. In 1979 he was hired to be the General Manager of the then New Orleans Jazz, and became the head coach of the Jazz (now in Salt Lake City) in 1981, replacing Tom Nissalke. He coached the Jazz for the next seven and a half years. He was instrumental in drafting and signing franchise mainstays John Stockton and Karl Malone to the club. He retired from coaching during the 1988–1989 season, moving into the team's front office and was replaced as coach by his assistant, Jerry Sloan.
In 1984, Layden was awarded the NBA's Coach of the Year. That same season, he also won the NBA's Executive of the Year and the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Awards. (He and Joe O'Toole are the only non-players in NBA history to win the award).
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Utah||1981–82||62||17||45||.274||6th in Midwest||–||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Utah||1982–83||82||30||52||.366||5th in Midwest||–||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Utah||1983–84||82||45||37||.549||1st in Midwest||11||5||6||.455||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|Utah||1984–85||82||41||41||.500||4th in Midwest||10||4||6||.400||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|Utah||1985–86||82||42||40||.573||4th in Midwest||4||1||3||.250||Lost in First round|
|Utah||1986–87||82||44||38||.537||2nd in Midwest||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First round|
|Utah||1987–88||82||47||35||.573||3rd in Midwest||11||6||5||.545||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
Layden retired from coaching the Jazz in 1989 to serve full-time as the franchise team president and general manager, hiring former NBA player and then Jazz assistant Jerry Sloan as the new head coach. During this time, Layden participated with Marv Albert in a video published by Sports Illustrated called Dazzling Dunks and Basketball Bloopers, as well as a sequel to that a year later, and during a business flight once provided basketball enthusiast Scott McKnight his business card with an extraordinarily generous offer to attend a Jazz game (an offer which was sadly never redeemed). Layden once served briefly as a consultant for the New York Knicks, where his son Scott Layden served as general manager for a time. He continues to live with his wife, Barbara, in Salt Lake City. Layden was the head coach of the Utah Starzz WNBA team from 1998 through 1999.
- Hedin, Bryan (20 October 2006). "Layden joins Eagles as honorary coach; ex-Y. player signs". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved 25 February 2017.