James Francis Boylen (born April 18, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously served as head coach for the University of Utah. He had coached the program from 2007 to 2011 before being fired on March 12, 2011. The Utah job was his first head coaching position after spending over a decade as an assistant at both the NBA and NCAA levels. He replaced Ray Giacoletti, who was fired from Utah on March 3, 2007. Prior to joining Utah, Boylen spent two years at Michigan State University (MSU) as assistant coach under Tom Izzo.
|Born||April 18, 1965|
East Grand Rapids, Michigan
|High school||East Grand Rapids|
(East Grand Rapids, Michigan)
|1987–1992||Michigan State (assistant)|
|1992–2003||Houston Rockets (assistant)|
|2003–2004||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
|2004–2005||Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)|
|2005–2007||Michigan State (assistant)|
|2011–2013||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|2013–2015||San Antonio Spurs (assistant)|
|2015–2018||Chicago Bulls (assoc. HC)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As assistant coach:|
Boylen was born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1965 and attended the University of Maine, where he was a captain during both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he earned First Team All-North Atlantic Conference honors after averaging 21 points per game. That same year, he finished runner-up in the conference Player of the Year voting to Northeastern's Reggie Lewis. Boylen earned a bachelor's degree in business from Maine in 1987.
Boylen began his coaching career as an assistant under Michigan State head coach Jud Heathcote. He would stay there from 1987 to 1992 before accepting a position with the NBA's Houston Rockets. As an assistant coach with the Rockets, Boylen would help coach the team to win two NBA championships. After his 11-year stint with Houston, Boylen became an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors and then the Milwaukee Bucks. After 13 years of coaching in the NBA, he returned to Michigan State as an assistant with the Spartans. As Tom Izzo's top assistant, he helped lead Michigan State to a 45–23 record in two years, including two NCAA appearances.
In his first season at Utah, Boylen brought more consistency to the Utes, guiding them to their first winning record in two years and their first postseason berth since reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2005. While there were some struggles, including two losses to BYU for the second consecutive year, Utah did manage to beat instate rival Utah State and earned a surprising victory on the road at Cal. The Utes also stunned New Mexico in the first round of the 2008 Mountain West Tournament, all but killing the Lobos' chances of gaining an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Boylen's Utes finished his inaugural season with an 18–15 mark, defeating UTEP in the first round of the 2008 College Basketball Invitational before losing to eventual champion Tulsa.
In his second season, Boylen turned the Utes into Mountain West Conference champions, guiding them to a 21–9 regular season record (12–4 in the Mountain West) and winning the conference tournament. The Utes were then given a fifth seed in the NCAA Tournament but were upset by the Arizona squad with two future NBA players (Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger).
After graduating several key players from the 2008–09 team, Utah struggled in Boylen's third season, regressing to a losing record and finishing in the bottom-half of the Mountain West Conference. Their 17 losses marked their second worst total in the last 20 years with only the 2007 Utes having more on the season.
In Boylen's fourth season, the Utes went 13–18. The program fired him on March 12, 2011.
On June 28, 2013, Boylen was hired by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 season. Boylen won his third NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4–1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.
On June 2, 2015, Boylen and David Vanterpool were named to Canada men's national basketball team. On June 17, Boylen was named associate head coach of the Chicago Bulls. On December 3, 2018, the Bulls promoted Boylen to head coach when Fred Hoiberg was relieved of his duties after a 5–19 start to the 2018–19 season.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Utah Utes (Mountain West Conference) (2007–2011)|
|2007–08||Utah||18–15||7–9||6th||CBI 2nd Round|
|2008–09||Utah||24–10||12–4||T-1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|Utah:||69–60 (.535)||32–32 (.500)|
Postseason invitational champion
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Chicago||2018–19||58||17||41||.293||5th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
- Commencement, 1992 Spring Term (PDF), Michigan State University, 1992, p. 60
- "Spurs Name Jim Boylen Assistant Coach". NBA.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
- "Bulls name Jim Boylen associate head coach". NBA.com. June 17, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
- "Bulls Official: Fred Hoiberg Relieved as Bulls Head Coach". NBA.com. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.