Fred Hoiberg's time as head coach of the Chicago Bulls has come to an end, per an official release.
OFFICIAL: Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson announced today that Fred Hoiberg has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the team.- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 3, 2018
Hoiberg, who was in the fourth year of a five-year $25 million contract, exits with a record of 115-155. He led the Bulls to one postseason appearance in 2017 - as a No. 8 seed, Chicago was eliminated by Boston in six games.
After winning 50 games in Tom Thibodeau's final season as head coach in 2015, the Bulls' win total decreased in each season after bringing Hoiberg in as a replacement - Chicago won 42 games in the 2015-16 season, 41 games in the 2016-17 season and 27 games in the 2017-18 season. This year, the team was on pace to win just 17 games after a 5-19 start.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that associate head coach Jim Boylen will take over as the team's head coach with no interim title.
Associate head coach Jim Boylen will take over as the permanent head coach of the Bulls to replace Fred Hoiberg, no interim title, league source tells ESPN.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 3, 2018
Boylen has over 30 years of coaching experience, serving as an assistant coach for over 20 years. As an assistant, Boylen won NBA championships in 1994 and 1995 with the Houston Rockets and in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs.
Boylen's lone head coaching job was in the NCAA with Division I Utah from 2007-11 where he finished with a 69-60 record and led the Utes to one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009.
Chicago will take the floor for the first time under its new head coach on Dec. 5 when it visits Indiana.