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Jerry K. Sloan

Hall of Fame coach Tony Laterza was told that a student, who was tearing up The University of Akron intramurals, would be a great addition to his Zips basketball team. Laterza went to see the freshman whiz play, was duly impressed, and asked him to play for the Zips. That student’s name was Jerry Sloan. A walk-on, Sloan quickly earned a starting spot at guard. The 6-1 cager then went on to score 1,210 points, ranking him 10th on the UA’s all-time career scoring list over his four years, 100-game career between 1964 and ’68. His first season, Sloan earned first team All-Mideast Regional honors as he helped AU capture the 1965 Ohio Conference (OC) Tournament and the NCAA Mideast Regional Tournament Championships. Sloan and company repeated as OC and NCAA Mideast Champs and went on to finish third in the 1966 NCAA College Division National Championships while compiling a 24-4 record. Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Winston Salem spoiled UA’s and Sloan’s hope for a national championship in 1967. However, Sloan rebounded by saving his best offensive performance for his senior campaign. He led the 1967-68 Zips in scoring with a 17.4 average and in free throw- shooting, sinking 103 of 120 attempts (.858). In 1989, he was inducted into UA’s Sports Hall of Fame. Sloan finally got that illusive national championship, capturing the 1994 YMCA C Singles title in handball and tacked on the YMCA Open B Singles crown in 1996.

Inducted 1997 | Handball, Basketball