Jim Boylen Biography

Jim Boylen (James Francis Boylen) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Boylen 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 Boylen’s first head coaching position after spending over a decade as an assistant at both the NBA and NCAA levels.

Boylen replaced Ray Giacoletti, who was fired from Utah on March 3, 2007. Before joining Utah, Boylen spent two years at Michigan State University (MSU) as assistant coach under Tom Izzo.

Jim Boylen Education

Boylen attended the University of Maine, where he was a captain during both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Boylen earned First Team All-North Atlantic Conference honors after averaging 21 points per game.

That same year, Boylen finished runner-up in the conference Player of the Year voting to Northeastern’s Reggie Lewis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Maine in 1987.

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Jim Boylen Coaching History

Jim Boylen began his coaching career as an assistant under Michigan State head coach Jud Heathcote. Boylen would stay there from 1987 to 1992 before accepting a position with the NBA’s Houston Rockets. As an assistant coach with the Rockets, he would help coach the team to win two NBA championships.

After his 11-year stint with Houston, he became an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors and then the Milwaukee Bucks. After 13 years of coaching in the NBA, Boylen returned to Michigan State as an assistant with the Spartans. As Tom Izzo’s top assistant, Boylen helped lead Michigan State to a 45–23 record in two years, including two NCAA appearances.

In his first season at Utah, Jim 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. Jim 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, he 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 his 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 his fourth season, the Utes went 13–18. The program fired him on March 12, 2011.

On June 28, 2013, Jim Boylen was hired by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 season. He won his third NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4–1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.

Jim Boylen Chicago Bulls

On June 2, 2015, Boylen and David Vanterpool were named to Canada men’s national basketball team. On June 17, he was named associate head coach of the Chicago Bulls. On December 3, 2018, the Bulls promoted him to head coach when Fred Hoiberg was relieved of his duties after a 5–19 start to the 2018–19 season.

Jim Boylen Age

Boylen was born on 18 April 1965 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. He is 54 years old as of 2019.

Jim Boylen Wife

He is married to Christine Boylen and together they have two children Ashlen Clare Boylen, and Layla Blue Boylen. He likes to keep his personal life private hence there is no much details about his wife and children.

Jim Boylen Salary | Jim Boylen Net Worth

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, Jim Boylen, Chicago Bulls head coach has $1M guaranteed of a $1.6M salary for the 2019-20 season. However, his estimated net worth is not yet disclosed.

Jim Boylen Teams coached

  • Chicago Bulls
    Head coach, since 2018
  • San Antonio Spurs
    Assistant Coach, 2013–2015

Jim Boylen Coaching Record

Regular Season


Season Age Lg Tm G W L W/L% W > .500 Finish   G W L W/L% Notes
1992-93 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
1993-94 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
1994-95 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
1995-96 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
1996-97 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
1997-98 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
1998-99 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
1999-00 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
2000-01 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
2001-02 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
2002-03 NBA HOU Assistant Coach
2004-05 NBA MIL Assistant Coach
2011-12 NBA IND Assistant Coach
2013-14 NBA SAS Assistant Coach
2014-15 NBA SAS Assistant Coach
2015-16 NBA CHI Associate Head Coach
2016-17 NBA CHI Associate Head Coach
2017-18 NBA CHI Associate Head Coach
2018-19 NBA CHI Associate Head Coach
2018-19 NBA CHI 58 17 41 .293 -12.0 4
Career NBA 58 17 41 .293 -12.0
1 seasons NBA CHI 58 17 41 .293 -12.0  



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