Long time Utah Jazz head coach and McLeansboro native Jerry Sloan has passed away.

Sloan died of complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia at the age of 78.

McLeansboro mayor Dick Deitz played basketball at Hamilton County High School with Sloan. He says there was no better ambassador for the city and Hamilton County than his friend Jerry Sloan.

DeitzSloan (:26) OC: "great guy all-around."

After his early days in southern Illinois, Sloan went on to play basketball at the University of Evansville before playing and coaching in the NBA for more than 45 years. Sloan wrapped up his head coaching career with the Jazz in third place on the list of NBA wins as a coach all-time.