Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/12/14
Jim Boylen is the newest addition to the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff as he comes over from the Indiana Pacers. His addition to the Spurs staff will be valuable this season especially after losing Mike Budenholzer and Brett Brown.   Boylen is typically known as being a hard-nosed, tough coach who works with big men, but in this great piece by Ken Rodriguez, it talks about his roots and shows a little bit of his softer side.    Boylen was raised to be a hard worker and to do things the right way by his mother back in Michigan.   “I grew up with a midwestern work ethic.”     “There were some lean times but we had a roof over our head. I had a praying mom and I’ve reaped a lot of blessings and benefits from her.”   He also talked about his first job out of high school and how his typical day would go. He then used money from that job to help his mother pay for the rent.   “I would work from 11 at night ‘til 8 in the morning. I would go home and have breakfast and sleep until 3. Then I’d get up and go hoop from 4 ‘til 6 or 7, go home, shower and go back to work.”   “It was a way to gain maturity and responsibility toward the next step in life. You needed to pay bills before you moved up. I thought it was a great lesson.”   Boylen’s wife Christine has been by his side for the last 19 years and still likes to “support” him.   “I would go home after a big win and she’d have a list of things I needed to do better. She would critique every interview I did on TV. It was in a loving way and I respected that. But when my wife and mom were both in town, I knew I was going to take a beating when I got home.”   Boylen’s mother is also a big critic of his performance on the court.   “She would say, ‘Watch your language! You are an example. Stay off the officials. It’s not doing any good.’”   Boylen still sees his family as inspiration and is grateful for the beautiful wife and family he has. His blue collar work ethic will fit right in with this Spurs team and look for him to be a big contributor on the coaching staff this season.

Pacquiao knocks down Algieri six times in easy win

John Calipari gets daughter's birthday wrong

Carson: Hall of Fame career not worth concussion problems

Tiger hires new swing coach

Is Sting making his WWE debut at Survivor Series?

Eric Decker: It's tough watching Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos


Semaje Perine breaks Melvin Gordon's rushing record

Report: Chip Kelly, Eagles GM not seeing eye-to-eye

Pete Carroll open to playing Richard Sherman at WR

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled for so long'

Red Sox have best offer on table for Pablo Sandoval?

LeBron: Kevin Love will get the ball 'if he demands it'

WATCH: Young reporter asks Helfrich funny question

Sager makes first appearance since leukemia diagnosis

Harvard kicker wears glasses

WATCH: Tennessee fans go a little overboard celebrating TD

Dwight Howard out indefinitely after having PRP on knee

Report: Mike Gundy pursuing Florida job

WATCH: Jameis Winston gets away with shoving an official

WATCH: Georgia's Chris Conley makes diving TD catch

WATCH: Nebraska blocks field goal, returns it for TD

Florida DL shows support for Will Muschamp with eye black

WATCH: Javale McGee kisses elderly fan sitting courtside

WATCH: Tim Tebow busts out a brief Steve Spurrier impression

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Cal gets daughter's bday wrong

Carson: Career not worth concussions

Report: Gundy pursuing Florida job

Tiger hires new swing coach

WATCH: Jameis Winston shoves ref

Florida DL supports Will Muschamp with eye black

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled'

LeBron: Love needs to 'demand' the ball

Bills-Jets game will be free admission

Pete Carroll: Lynch is 'our guy'

Which NFL team will get the #1 pick?

Game of the week: Patriots vs. Lions

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.