Jim Boylen was let go as Utah's men's basketball coach on Saturday.
March 12, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY -
University of Utah Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill announced today that he has relieved men's basketball coach Jim Boylen of his duties. A national search for Boylen's replacement will begin immediately.
Boylen completed his fourth season at Utah on Mar. 10 at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament, where the Utes lost in the first round to San Diego State. Utah finished with a 13-18 overall record (6-10 MWC), the second-straight losing season for the Utes, who were 14-17 in 2009-10.
"I feel it is time we go in a different direction with our program," said Hill. "Utah basketball has a long history of national success and I anticipate a very strong pool of candidates for the position. I appreciate the efforts of Coach Boylen and his staff, including the emphasis he placed on academics, which is an important part of our department's culture."
Boylen, who was Tom Izzo's top assistant at Michigan State from 2005-07, and a 13-year NBA assistant prior, compiled a 69-60 overall record (32-32 in MWC play) as Utah's head coach. His best season was his second, when the 2008-09 Utes went 24-10, tied for the MWC regular season title and won the conference championship. That squad earned a No. 5 seed into the NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round to Arizona.