Reports: Longest Pro Sports Coaching Career Ends
Multiple news organizations in Salt Lake City are reporting that Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan will announce his resignation at a news conference set for 5 p.m. ET.
The team says "a significant announcement" will be made at this afternoon's news conference.
Sloan, 68, has coached pro basketball's Utah Jazz for 23 years and is the longest-serving coach in any American professional sport. He's already a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and he was the first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with a single team.
The Jazz have 31 wins and 23 losses this season and are in sixth place in the Western Conference. But the team has struggled lately and the reports of Sloan's resignation follow closed door meetings with team management after last night's 91-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
"Sloan appeared visibly shaken after the meeting, and would not discuss what was said," reports Michael C. Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune
Sloan led the Jazz to two conference championships, seven division titles and 16 consecutive winning seasons. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.