Chicago Bulls Announce the Hiring of New Head Coach Billy Donovan
Chicago Bulls have their bench boss.
On Wednesday evening, the Bulls announced the hiring of new head coach Billy Donovan, who recently parted ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Donovan was one of the finalists for this year’s Coach of the Year award, which was ultimately won by Nick Nurse.
“I’m excited to partner with Arturas as we work together on behalf of this historic franchise,” Donovan said in a statement released by the Bulls.
Welcome our new head coach, Billy Donovan!
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) September 22, 2020
Donovan boasted a 243-157 record with the Thunder in his five seasons in Oklahoma City, helping the team reach the playoffs in each season. Donovan will replaced Jim Boylen who was let go by the organization back in May.
“We are very pleased to welcome Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls,” Arturas Karnisovas said. “The success that he has sustained over the course of his coaching career puts him on a different level. We feel his ability to help his players reach their potential, both individually and collectively, will mesh well with our roster. Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his career has taken him, and we hope that will continue here in Chicago.”
Prior to his tenure with the Thunder, Donovan is a two-time D1 National Champion with the Florida Gators.