On Wednesday, June 17, the Chicago Bulls announced that Jim Boylen would join Fred Hoiberg’s coaching staff as an associate head coach. A 17-year veteran of the National Basketball Association, Boylen brings nearly 30 years of experience to the table, having coached at both the collegiate and professional levels.
Following a successful athletic career at the University of Maine, he launched his coaching career as an assistant at Michigan State University. He joined the NBA in 1992, serving as a video coordinator and scout for the Houston Rockets for four years before advancing to the position of assistant coach under Rudy Tomjanovich. While working with the Rockets, Boylen helped lead the team to seven playoff appearances and two NBA championship wins and had the opportunity to work with such noteworthy players as Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen. He went on to fill the same role for one season each at Golden State and Milwaukee, later returning to college athletics to serve as the head coach at the University of Utah. He returned to the NBA as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers from 2011 to 2013 and most recently served as a member of Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff, helping lead the San Antonio Spurs to a championship win in 2014.
Commenting on the appointment, Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman described Boylen as “a big asset” to both Hoiberg and the Bulls. Coach Hoiberg cited his “work ethic and attention to detail” as huge benefits to the team, expressing his excitement at having Boylen on board for the 2015-2016 season.