College - Saint Joseph's
Jim Lynam, a veteran of more than 23 years in the NBA coaching ranks, was named an assistant coach for the Sixers prior to the 2005-06 season, but health concerns forced him to leave the team late in the preseason. He re-joined the coaching staff for the 2006-07 season.
With an NBA resume that includes 10 seasons as a head coach with three different teams – San Diego/ L.A. Clippers (1983-85), Philadelphia 76ers (1987-92) and Washington Bullets (1995-97 – Lynam has compiled a 328-392 career record.
This marks Lynam’s second stint with the Sixers organization. His first tenure began in 1985. After serving as an assistant coach under Matt Guokas for two and a half seasons (1985-88), Lynam replaced Guokas as head coach 43 games into the 1987-88 season. In four-plus seasons as head coach, Lynam led the 76ers to a 194-173 record and was the runner-up for NBA Coach of the Year honors following a 53-29 record during the 1989-90 season, in which the Sixers captured the Atlantic Division title. Following his tenure as head coach with the Sixers, Lynam stepped into the front office as the 76ers General Manager.
After several successful head-coaching stints at the collegiate level, Lynam made the jump to the NBA. He amassed an impressive 158-118 record in 10 college seasons at Fairfield University (1968-70), American University (1973-78) and Saint Joseph’s University (1978-81).
A three-year starter at Saint Joseph’s University (1960-63), Lynam scored 1,012 career points and helped the Hawks make three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1961 NCAA Final Four.
Lynam and his wife, Kay, have three grown children: Kathy, Denise and Jim Jr.