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Jim Boylan (born April 28, 1955 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American basketball coach. He served as the interim head coach for the Chicago Bulls until he was dismissed on April 17, 2008. The Milwaukee Bucks hired him as an assistant coach on May 14, 2008.


Playing career

Boylan played point guard at the Marquette University, where he helped the Warriors to win the 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by scoring 14 points in the National Championship Game versus the North Carolina Tar Heels. After leading Marquette in assists in his junior and senior season, Boylan was drafted in the fourth round (68th overall) in the 1978 NBA Draft by the San Diego Clippers. However, Boylan never played an NBA game. He headed to Europe instead, having a short pro career. He played for Alvik Basket of Stockholm (, Sweden 79-80 season. Boylan started his college career at Assumption College in Worcester, MA before transferring to Marquette.

Coaching career

Boylan began his coaching career as a player-coach in Switzerland from 1982-86 and led the Vevey Basketball club to its first championship in its 30-year history. At age 31, he moved back to the States becoming an assistant under Jud Heathcote at Michigan State University from 1986-89. Boylan then took over head coaching duties at the University of New Hampshire, succeeding Gerry Friel.

In 1992 Boylan entered the NBA as a video coordinator and advance scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 1997 he moved over to the Vancouver Grizzlies, serving as an assistant under Brian Hill and later Lionel Hollins. In 2001, Boylan became a member of Frank Johnson's coaching staff in Phoenix, and remained working for the Phoenix Suns under Johnson's successor Scott Skiles. After Skiles was fired in 2002, Boylan worked with Terry Stotts for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2003-04 NBA season.

In 2004, Boylan became lead assistant to Skiles, who had taken over as head coach of the Chicago Bulls. On December 27, 2007, after the firing of Scott Skiles, Jim was named the interim coach for the Bulls for the remaining season. Boylan was not retained at the conclusion of the season after compiling a 24-32 record with the Bulls. On May 14, 2008, he was hired as an assistant to Scott Skiles by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L PCT Finish
CHI 2007-08 56 24 32 .429 4th in Central Missed Playoffs

* Record is only for portion of the season after Boylan took over. Finishing position is for full season.


Preceded by
Scott Skiles
Chicago Bulls head coach
Succeeded by
Vinny Del Negro


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