By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg. The team has promoted Jim Boylen to head coach.
The Bulls were off to a 5-19 record to start the season.
“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” John Paxson, the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement.
“After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future. I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team.”
Hoiberg went 115-155 in 270 games, as the Bulls head coach. He was hired by Chicago in June 2015. He signed a five-year, $25 million deal.
Prior to accepting the Bulls head coaching job, he was the Iowa State Cyclones head coach from April 2010 through his appointment in Chicago, Illinois. The 46-year-old Lincoln, Nebraska native worked in the Minnesota Timberwolves front office before accepting the Cyclones coaching job.
Boylen receives his first NBA head coaching opportunity. He had previously been the Bulls Associate Head Coach since Hoiberg was hired.
He also was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs from 2013 through 2015. He also was an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers from 2011 through 2013.
The 53-year-old East Grand Rapids, Michigan native was the Utah Utes head coach from 2007 through 2011. He went 69-60 in four season, including an NCAA March Madness appearance in 2008-09.
Boylen was a Michigan State Spartans assistant coach from 2005 through 2007. He also was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks one season during the 2004-05 season. He also spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.
He worked as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets from 1992 through 2003. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Spartans from 1987 through 1992.