You Know My Name: Jerry Sloan

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Our next entry in our series, “You Know My Name”, we focus on a basketball coaching legend, Jerry Sloan. Considered one of the best coaches in NBA history, Sloan has humbling beginnings starting in Evansville.

Left to right: Arad McCutchan (University of Evansville basketball coach), Jerry Sloan, and Wayne Boultinghouse (ISUE Basketball Coach), 1977. Source: Gregory Smith collection, MSS 034-1467.

Born on March 28, 1942 in McLeansboro, Illinois (Logan, 2016). Sloan grew up playing basketball for McLeansboro High School and gained the moniker, “The Fabulous Fox”: during his senior year, he scored 710 points out of over 1,800 points he scored during his career (Cole, 1961). Originally, he selected the University of Illinois-Champaign; however, he dropped out and shortly attended Southern Illinois University and decided to play at Evansville College (“It’s pays to play”, 1961).

During his tenure with Evansville College, he won numerous collegiate awards and one tournament record such as (University of Evansville, 2017; National Basketball Association, 2017):

After graduating from Evansville College in 1965, drafted the Baltimore Bullets as the nineteen overall pick, Sloan was only in Washington for one season. In 1966, an expansion draft was held for the newly created Chicago Bulls: he was drafted to the Bulls and stayed with the team until his retirement in 1976. During his playing career, he received several awards such as (National Basketball Association, 2017):


After retiring from competition in 1976 due to a knee injury, he chose another path in the NBA: he served as a scout (1976-1977), assistant head coach (1977-1979), and head coach (1979-1982) for the Chicago Bulls (National Basketball Association, 2017). He finally received a second head coach position with the Utah Jazz from 1988 until his resignation in 2011. As head coach, the Jazz won six division titles, made the playoffs seventeen times (1989-2003, 2007), and made it to the NBA Finals twice (1997-1998) but lost both times to the Chicago Bulls (Logan, 2016; National Basketball Association, 2017). During his tenure with the Utah Jazz, he received set numerous NBA records (National Basketball Association, 2017):

On the University Archives and Special Collections’ online digital gallery, there are over six hundred photographs over basketball in the Tri-State and in various communal societies. Located in the Gregory Smith, Sonny Brown, John Doane, Thomas Mueller, and others photographs collections relating to basketball.


Cole, E. (1961, February 5). Fabulous Sloan to Evansville. Evansville Courier and Press, pp. 1C. Retrieved from

University of Evansville (2017). Hall of Fame. Retrieved from

It’s pays to play (1961, January 22). Evansville Courier and Press, pp. 5C. Retrieved from

Logan, R. G. (2016, May 24). Jerry Sloan. Retrieved from

National Basketball Association. (2017). Jerry Sloan. Retrieved from