Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 5/1/13
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- The Milwaukee Bucks won't offer head coach Jim Boylan a contract for next season. "At this time we feel its in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team," general manager John Hammond said on the teams Twitter account. "We appreciate Jims efforts not only in his time as head coach but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee. On behalf of the Bucks organization, I thank Jim for his five years here and his many contributions on and off the court. We wish Jim and his wife, Jane, the best." Boylan, 57, took over as coach when the team parted ways with Scott Skiles on Jan. 8 and led the Bucks to a 22-28 record in his 50 games in charge. There was no interim label placed on Boylan when he was handed the reins to a 16-16 Milwaukee team, but he clearly needed a strong audition to secure the job past this season. The Bucks won eight of their first 11 games under Boylan, peaking at a season-high five games over .500 on Jan. 29. The Bucks were 32-29 after a win in Sacramento on March 10 but won just six of their last 21 games to finish the season 38-44 and limp into the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's No. 8 seed. Miami's sweep of the Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs did nothing to strengthen Boylan's position. Prior to being named as Milwaukee's head coach, Boylan spent the previous four seasons as an assistant under Skiles. Joining an NBA coaching staff for the first time in 1997 with Vancouver, Boylan has served as an assistant coach with Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago and Milwaukee. Boylan took over as interim coach of the Bulls when Skiles was fired in 2008, leading Chicago to a 24-32 record. In 106 games as an NBA head coach, Boylan is 46-60. With Boylan's dismissal, the Bucks will begin the search for their sixth head coach since George Karl was fired following the 2002-03 season. Some of the candidates Milwaukee could consider include former NBA head coaches Jerry Sloan, Byron Scott, Nate McMillan and Lawrence Frank or assistant coaches Kelvin Sampson, Brian Shaw, Mike Budenholzer and Mike Malone. A long shot of a candidate, Sloan is the most intriguing and most successful of the crop, but the former longtime head coach of the Utah Jazz may not be willing to return to coaching at age 71. The Hall of Fame coach would likely demand a hefty price and may not want to come to Milwaukee. Scott and Frank were recently let go by the Cavaliers and Pistons respectively, while McMillan was out of basketball last season. Of the crop of assistants, Sampson is the one Milwaukee is most familiar with as he served as an assistant coach under Skiles from 2008-11 before joining Kevin McHale's staff with the Houston Rockets. When McHale took a leave of absence this season due to the passing of his daughter, Sampson served as interim coach. A longtime assistant coach under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaw is currently an assistant with Indiana after he was passed up last offseason for the Lakers' head coaching job in favor of Mike Brown. Budenholzer has been the right-hand man to Gregg Popovich in San Antonio since 1996, and Malone is a hot commodity after spending the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach, currently on Golden State's staff. One of the leading candidates for NBA Coach of the Year, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins has yet to work out a contract extension with the Grizzlies and would be an intriguing candidate for the Bucks if he left Memphis following the postseason. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
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