Bulls Official: Fred Hoiberg Relieved as Bulls Head Coach


Fred Hoiberg's stint in Chicago is officially over as the the team announced its decision to fire the head coach following a 5-19 start to the season. He compiled a 115-155 mark in his tenure, but last season's 27-55 record was the Bulls' worst since 2003-04. In fact, they've lost six consecutive games and 10 of their last 11.

He replaced Tom Thibodeau, who was sacked after five seasons, and the hope was that the free-wheeling style he used with the Cyclones would work in the National Basketball Association and that he would fare better than another former Iowa State coach, Tim Floyd, who went 49-190 record in three-plus seasons with the Bulls.

Boylen, 53, has served on the Chicago staff since June 17, 2015, most recently as associate head coach.

But as the Bulls get ready to start December, they've decided to make a coaching change.

Boylen said he will add Dean Cooper from the Bulls G league affiliate, Windy City, to the coaching staff. Boylen said he plans to meet with players and coaches individually in IN this evening to discuss their respective roles on the team. Forward Bobby Portis (right knee) has played in four games and point guard Kris Dunn (left knee) has appeared in one, though both are expected back soon. What we're lacking is an energy and spirit.

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Boylen, who said he talked to Hoiberg on Monday morning, said he will be "forever grateful to Fred and the opportunity he gave me".

"I believe in the guys in this locker room but I also believe we probably have to be coached a lot harder at times", Butler said at the time. Most recently on the collegiate level, he was head coach at the University of Utah, where he led the Utes to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Hoiberg's recipe for success was clear to everyone who followed his team, everyone except those running the Bulls organization.

Coincidentally, another Jim Boylan - different spelling - landed the interim head coaching job when Paxson fired Skiles.