College - Marquette
Jim Boylan was named lead assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers in July 2013. He comes to Cleveland after spending the last five seasons as the lead assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks, including the last 50 games of the 2012-13 season as the interim head coach.
He joined the Bucks after finishing the final 56 games of the 2007-08 season as the Bulls Interim Head Coach. He had served as lead assistant to Scott Skiles in Chicago for four years as well as all five in Milwaukee. Boylan’s NBA coaching career began in 1992 as a video coordinator/advance scout and assistant coach for Lenny Wilkens with the Cavaliers. Boylan remained through a head coaching change and was an assistant on Mike Fratello’s bench through 1997.
Boylan was an assistant to Brian Hill with the Vancouver Grizzlies (1997-00), with Skiles in Phoenix (2000-02) and Terry Stotts in Atlanta (2003-04). He has reached the postseason in the NBA with Chicago (three times, two 47-plus win seasons), Phoenix (once, a 50-plus win season), Cleveland (four times, one 54-win and two 47-win seasons) and most recently with Milwaukee twice (2009-10, 2012-13), including the club’s 46-win season in 2009-10.
Starting point guard of the Marquette Warriors 1977 NCAA Championship team, Boylan led the club 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 has 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).
Boylan and his wife, Jane, have two children, Jessica, and Shaina.