Pete Myers, longtime Bulls assistant coach, has resigned from the team due to personal reasons after a 16-year coaching career.
Myers spent 13 years as an assistant coach for the Bulls, spanning more than a decade and serving under seven different head coaches. Myers acted as interim head coach for the Bulls on two occasions, for two games during the 2003-04 season and for one game during the 2007-08 season.
He also spent three seasons of his playing career with the Bulls, after they drafted him in the sixth round of the 1986 draft. Including playing, coaching, and scouting, Myers spent a total of 16 years with the Bulls organization.
Since beginning his coaching career, Myers has become a fixture of the organization and is considered widely respected by players and front office executives alike. The resignation came unexpectedly but does not appear to be related to head coach Jim Boylen‘s new coaching hires. In comments to the Chicago Tribune, Myers expressed gratitude for his time with the team.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to have both played and worked for the Bulls,” he said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity the Reinsdorfs, John Paxson, Gar [Forman], Fred [Hoiberg], and Jim [Boylen] have given me.”
Myers began last season as an assistant but was promoted to lead assistant coach when Boylen took over in December. He was expected to accept a reduced coaching role for next season, with Boylen hiring former Nets assistant Chris Fleming as his new lead assistant.
With Myers’ departure, only three assistant coaches from last season are expected to return; Nate Loenser, who will be entering the second year of his NBA coaching career; Shawn Respert, a player development coach; and Karen Umlauf, who serves as an assistant operations coach.
Including the vacant position of Randy Brown, who resigned in December after being asked to accept a lesser role with the team, Boylen will have three coaching vacancies to fill this offseason.
Boylen has reportedly spoken to Texas Tech’s Mark Adams, who has chosen to remain in the NCAA, and the recently un-retired Jeff Bzdelik, who spent last season with the Houston Rockets.
Allowing Boylen to remodel the coaching staff seemed to be a pivotal reason the Bulls chose to sign him to a multi-year extension early this month. Come training camp, Boylen is expected to have a coaching staff fully of his own design and a mostly-healthy roster, setting him up for a season that should show what he’s truly made of as a head coach.
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