Gerald Eugene Sloan is an American National Basketball Association coach. He is one of professional basketball’s most successful coaches, with a career win-loss record of 1021-677 (as of February 26, 2007), placing him fourth on the list of all-time winningest NBA coaches. Sloan collected his 1,000th career win against the Dallas Mavericks, which made him only the fifth coach in NBA history to surpass this milestone. The 2006-07 season in his 19th at the helm of the Utah Jazz team.
Prior to coaching, he played college basketball at the University of Evansville, and then went on to play for the Chicago Bulls during the Bulls’ formative years. He was the first player selected by the Bulls in the expansion draft, earning him the nickname “The Original Bull.” Sloan was known for his tenacity on defense, and led the expansion team to the playoffs in its first season.