New Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg expressed a desire to bring in a well-respected assistant coach to help him in his first NBA head coaching gig, and Hoiberg has landed his top target:
Spurs assistant Jim Boylen has accepted Associate Head Coach job with Chicago Bulls, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 13, 2015
Boylen joined Gregg Popovich’s staff in 2013 and was the lead assistant before Ettore Messina joined the coaching staff in 2014, so the associate head coaching job in Chicago is a step up.
Boylen has held numerous assistant jobs throughout his coaching career and was head coach at the University of Utah from 2007-11. He enjoyed some success at the start of his coaching tenure with the Utes, as he went to the NCAA Tournament in his second season. However, he was ultimately fired two years later after two sub-par campaigns.
While things didn’t end well at Utah, Boylen is well-respected in coaching circles and a solid hire for Chicago. Hoiberg is known for his offensive acumen, and while Boylen is considered a well-rounded coach, he’ll likely play a big role in devising the defensive schemes.