The Jazz announced on Monday that head coach Tyrone Corbin will not return to the team next season, ending his tenure in Utah after three years.
Corbin, 51, compiled a 112-146 record in three-plus seasons as the Jazz's head coach, making one brief playoff appearance in 2011-12. The team went into full-fledged rebuilding mode this season, parting with longtime stalwarts Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap last offseason and relying heavily on youngsters like Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward. The results weren't pretty. Utah went 25-57, finished dead-last in the Western Conference, and failed to show the type of improvement management was expecting.
“The decision to make impactful changes in our organization is never taken lightly,” said Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies in a statement. “Ty has always represented the Jazz franchise in a first-class manner both on the court and in the community. He did a wonderful job of building relationships with the players and encouraged their growth throughout the season. We wish Ty, Dante and their family nothing but the very best for their future.”
The decision not to renew Corbin's contract, which has expired, came from GM Dennis Lindsey, who has hired from the Spurs' front office in August 2012. Corbin was able to keep his job after a 43-39 campaign last year, but was let go Monday as the disappointment from this past season overtook any prior goodwill. Earlier this season, Corbin headlined The Point Forward's list of names of NBA head coaches on the hot seat.
“Ty represented himself and the Utah Jazz organization with great class and dignity, and he and his family have been an important part of our team and community for many years,” said Jazz President Randy Rigby in the ream release. “I want to thank them for their numerous contributions to this franchise and wish them well in the future. They will always remain a part of the Jazz family.”
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, one candidate to possible fill Utah's vacancy is Spurs assistant Jim Boylen, who crossed paths with Lindsey in San Antonio and has been an assistant coach in the NBA for the better part of two decades, also making stops in Indiana, Milwaukee, Golden State and Houston.
One likely candidate for Jazz coaching job, sources tell Yahoo: Spurs assistant Jim Boylen. He has a strong history with GM Dennis Lindsey.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 21, 2014
Corbin becomes the third NBA head coach to part ways with his team Monday. Earlier in the day, the Knicks announced the firing of Mike Woodson and his staff. Later on, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman announced his retirement.