Tyrone Corbin becomes head coach of the Utah Jazz after serving as an assistant under Sloan since the 2004-05 season. He becomes the seventh head coach in Jazz history and the fourth head coach since the franchise's relocation to Utah. Prior to the 2010-11 season, Corbin ranked second in voting for the NBA's top assistant coach as selected by league general managers (behind only Phil Johnson). Corbin joined the Jazz after spending the 2003-04 season as manager of player development for the New York Knicks. Prior to his stint with the Knicks, he spent two seasons as a player mentor for the North Charleston Lowgators of the NBA Development League.
"I am thankful that we have a person of Tyrone Corbin's character to assume the position of head coach of the Utah Jazz,: said Jazz CEO Greg Miller. "Ty has demonstrated an understanding of what our franchise stands for."
A native of South Carolina, Corbin played for nine teams during a 16-year NBA career (1985-01), including three seasons with the Jazz from 1991-94, where he averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 233 games. Corbin appeared in a total of 1,050 games over the course of his career that included stints with San Antonio, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minnesota, Utah, Atlanta, Sacramento, Miami and Toronto. Corbin was originally drafted by San Antonio in the second round (35th pick overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft out of DePaul University.
Corbin scored 1,378 points for the Blue Demons from 1981 to 1985. He is one of three players in DePaul history with 1,300 points and 850 rebounds.
Corbin will make his NBA head coaching debut on Friday, February 11 against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena.
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