Jim Lynam

Jim Lynam (born September 15, 1941)

Teams coached: Fairfield Stags, American Eagles, Saint Joseph’s Hawks, San Diego Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Bullets
Fairfield record: 23-29 (.442)
American record: 70-61 (.534)
Saint Joseph’s record: 65-28 (.699)
Overall record^: 158-118 (.572)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2005-2010 Philadelphia 76ers (asst)
2001-2005 Portland Trail Blazers (asst)
1998-2000 New Jersey Nets (asst)
1994-1997 Washington Bullets
1988-1992 Philadelphia 76ers
1986-1988 Philadelphia 76ers (asst)
1983-1985 San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers
1981-1983 Portland Trail Blazers (asst)
1978-1981 Saint Joseph’s
1973-1978 American
1968-1970 Fairfield

Jim Lynam Facts

  • James Francis Lynam
  • Born September 15, 1941
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Saint Joseph’s University (BA, 1964)
  • Graduated from West Catholic Prep HS in Philadelphia then played for Jack Ramsay at Saint Joseph’s
    • Named the Middle Atlantic POY in 1963 as a senior; also won the 1963 Robert V. Geasey Trophy as the most outstanding player in Philadelphia’s Big 5
  • First coaching role was a two-year stint as head coach at Fairfield, during which he went 23-29
  • Spent five years as the head coach at American and then three seasons at alma mater St. Joe’s
  • Left for the NBA in 1981, spending the rest of the coaching career in the NBA
  • Had several head coaching stints: two seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, four seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and three seasons with the Washington Bullets
    • Had an overall record of 328-392 during his career, reaching the NBA Playoffs three times

Jim Lynam Coaching Tree

  • Rod Baker (Delaware 87ers, Harlem Globetrotters, ABA, CBA, UC Irvine, Tufts)
  • Jim Boyle (Saint Joseph’s)
  • Scott Brooks (Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Maurice Cheeks (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Johnny Dawkins (UCF, Stanford)
  • Tony DiLeo (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Armen Gilliam (Penn State Altoona, Penn State McKeesport)
  • Brad Greenberg (Radford, various pro teams overseas)
  • John Griffin (Saint Joseph’s, Siena)
  • Craig Hodges (Chicago State)
  • Juwan Howard (Michigan)
  • Doug Overton (Lincoln PA, Springfield Armor)
  • Mark Price (Charlotte)
  • Scott Skiles (Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns)
  • Larry Stewart (Coppin State)
  • Rod Strickland (LIU)
  • Rory White (Dakota Wizards, Idaho Stampede)


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