The Boylen File

Jim Boylen may not be a household name, but the new Utah coach has a nice resume. Here is some more info on the man charged with turning around the Ute program.


Born: April 18, 1965
Hometown: East Grand Rapids, Mich.
High School: East Grand Rapids
College Education: University of Maine (Business, 1987)
Wife: Christine
Children: Ashlen Clare (2) and Layla Blu (20 weeks)


Michigan State
1987-89, Graduate Assistant
1989-92, Assistant Coach
2005-07, Assistant Coach
Houston (NBA)
1992-94, Video Coordinator
1994-2003, Assistant Coach
Golden State (NBA)
2003-04, Assistant Coach
Milwaukee (NBA)
2004-05, Assistant Coach

What They're Saying About Jim Boylen

Tom Izzo
Head Coach, Michigan State
"I'm ecstatic for Jim. The Utah basketball job is a great job, and he deserves this opportunity. Jim has paid his dues both at the pro and collegiate levels. He made some sacrifices when he returned to Michigan State two years ago, but he made them because he wanted to be a collegiate head coach. As a coach, it's always fulfilling to watch your players reach their goals, but also watch your assistants get to take over programs of their own. Jim is an extremely hard worker with a great basketball mind who has made some great contributions at Michigan State, and understands the demands and responsibilities of being a head coach. But even more importantly, he is a great person and a great friend who will do everything he can to make the entire Utah community proud of the Ute basketball program."

Rudy Tomjanovich
Former Head Coach, Houston Rockets
"Jim is a very hard worker who puts his heart and soul into everything he does. He will be a guy who does his job enthusiastically and will be a part of the community. He's a guy who won't stop trying to get better. He is absolutely a sponge when it comes to learning as much as he possibly can about whatever it is he's doing."

Jud Heathcote
Former Head Coach, Michigan State
"Jim has an unbelievable work ethic and a tremendous knowledge of the game because of the numerous high-class coaches he has worked for. The fact that he worked for three different NBA organizations greatly expanded his knowledge of the game and how coaches work. Jim has always been a good teacher, and was heavily involved in player development with the Houston Rockets. He knows how to get the most out of his players."

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