Jim Boylen joins Pacers' coaching staff in full-time role
He was an assistant on Frank Vogel's staff, then later served as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls and USAB World Cup Qualifying Team.
Jim Boylen has joined Rick Carlisle’s coaching staff as a full-time assistant.
And like Carlisle, he’s returning for his second stint with the franchise in this role.
Boylen was previously a Pacers assistant coach for Frank Vogel from 2011-13, then left to join Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs (2013-15). And he won a ring as part of the Spurs’ 2014 NBA Championship.
(In case you missed it, Vogel is now the Suns head coach and Dan Burke joined Monty Williams’ staff in Detroit.)
Boylen, 58, has had a home in Indy for years and served in a coaching consultant role with the team last year. After Ronald Nored departed for the Hawks and Jenny Boucek moves to the front of the bench for games, a spot became available for Boylen — who is known for hard play and defense.
“Jim’s a guy that was a head coach in the NBA two years ago and is really excited about being with the Pacers organization,” Carlisle said on Saturday after practice. “He’s equally excited about joining us in a behind-the-bench role, which tells you something about him as a person, his love of the franchise and sacrifices he’s willing to make to join us. That’s great.”