The Milwaukee Bucks will begin a search immediately for a new head coach after informing Jim Boylan that he will not be offered a new contract, General Manager John Hammond announced. The decision was made after Hammond met with Boylan Wednesday morning at the Bucks Training Center in St. Francis, Wis.
“At this time we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team,” said Hammond. “We appreciate Jim’s efforts not only in his time as head coach, but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee. On behalf of the Bucks organization, I thank Jim for his five years here and his many contributions on and off the court. We wish Jim and his wife, Jane, the best.”
Boylan compiled a 22-28 record (.440) after replacing Scott Skiles as head coach on Jan. 8. The Bucks were swept by Miami in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, 4-0.
Boylan, 58, had been the lead assistant coach for the Bucks the past four seasons, joining the team after finishing the final 56 games (24-32, .429) of the 2007-08 season as the interim head coach of the Chicago Bulls. His NBA coaching career began in 1992 with Cleveland, and he has also served as an assistant with Vancouver (1997-2000), Phoenix (2000-02), Atlanta (2003-04) and Chicago (2004-08).
The starting point guard of the Marquette Warriors 1977 NCAA Championship team, Boylan led the team in assists during his junior and senior seasons before being selected by the Buffalo Braves in the 1978 NBA Draft. Boylan’s coaching career began as a player/coach in Switzerland (1982-86) where he led the Vevey Basketball club to the first championship in its 30-year history. He also coached in the CBA (Rochester Renegade), with Michigan State (1986-89) and served as the head coach at the University of New Hampshire (1989-92).
According to ESPN.com, “Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, who is already a candidate for the Charlotte Bobcats’ opening, will be among the candidates considered to replace Boylan, a source told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Boylan took over as interim coach in January after Scott Skiles was fired and went 22-28 for the rest of the season. Milwaukee was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat.”
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