Jim Boylen

Jim Boylen (born April 18, 1965)

Teams coached: Utah Utes, Chicago Bulls
Utah record: 69-60 (.535)
Overall record^: 69-60 (.535)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-2020 Chicago Bulls
2015-2018 Chicago Bulls (assoc. HC)
2013-2015 San Antonio Spurs (asst)
2011-2013 Indiana Pacers (asst)
2007-2011 Utah
2005-2007 Michigan State (asst)
2004-2005 Milwaukee Bucks (asst)
2003-2004 Golden State Warriors (asst)
1992-2003 Houston Rockets (asst)
1987-1992 Michigan State (asst)

Jim Boylen Facts

  • James Francis Boylen
  • Born April 18, 1965
  • Hometown: East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Alma Mater: University of Maine (BA, 1987)
  • Graduated from East Grand Rapids HS (MI) and then played for Skip Chappelle and the Maine Black Bears
    • Boylen was inducted into the UMain Sports Hall of Fame in September 2023
  • Returned to his home state in 1987 and joined HOF coach Jud Heathcote‘s staff as an assistant at Michigan State
  • Left in 1992 to become an assistant under Rudy Tomjanovich with the NBA’s Houston Rockets
    • Part of Rudy’s full tenure in Houston, including the Rockets’ back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995
  • When Tomjanovich left in 2003, Boylen spent the next two seasons coaching with the Golden State Warriors (under Eric Musselman) and the Milwaukee Bucks (under Terry Porter)
  • Returned to Michigan State in 2005, spending two seasons as an assistant under Tom Izzo
  • Hired in 2007 to be the head coach at Utah, his first head coaching role at any level
    • Went 69-60 over four seasons, highlighted by the 2008-09 season, winning the MWC Tournament and a share of the MWC title
    • Fired in 2011 following two straight sub-.500 seasons and missed postseasons
  • Moved back to the NBA level, spending two seasons assisting Gregg Popovich in San Antonio before arriving in Chicago in 2015
  • Was Fred Hoiberg‘s associate head coach for two and a half seasons before Hoiberg was let go in December 2018
    • Boylen was named interim head coach, going 17-41 to finish out the season, then got the job officially during the 2019 off-season
    • After going 22-43 in the coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 season, Boylen was fired as head coach (August 2020)
  • Along with his wife, Christine, has two daughters

Jim Boylen Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only