Jan. 31, 2006
- In 1985 Jim Boyle invited me to be a member of his staff at Saint Joseph's University. Having been presented with the opportunity to fulfill my career goal in the area where I grew up, for the school that I had rooted for as a kid, working the sidelines that had produced Jack Ramsay, Jack McKinney, Jim Lynam and to learn from Bo - - the decision was easy, but little did I know or sense that it would lead my family and I to where we are today.
Jim Boyle taught me what it meant to be a Hawk. He had the unique ability to make you think and question why. This process certainly involved basketball but more importantly, life. Bo's willingness to involve his family, especially his wife Tess, was a daily lesson for me. Bo was able to love his family while loving his school and his job. Bo's preparation was unique. He watched every tape, every game on TV in the hope that our team would have an edge. To this day I can't get enough information about our opponents.
The lesson that a college team is built by players resonates in my ears every day. Even after Jim Boyle left Saint Joseph's University we talked at least every other day and, often every day, and the discussion would always gravitate to recruiting and players. He "saw" the game and "saw" players' abilities and liabilities.
Bo was described by Herb Magee, the legendary Philadelphia University coach and high school teammate, as a great teammate. This characteristic continued until the day he died. He always had a word of advice and an encouraging thought for the present Hawks. He truly wanted each of them to reach their potential and to embrace being a Hawk.
Jim Boyle will never be replaced in my heart. Jim Boyle will never be forgotten in my mind.
Jim Boyle was and always will be a HAWK.
Jim Boyle, one of the most beloved figures in Saint Joseph's basketball history, passed away on December 23, 2005, after a battle with lung cancer. Boyle, 63, served as head coach of the Hawks from 1981 to 1989, compiling a 151-114 record in nine seasons. "Bo" led the Hawks to post-season play four times, with two trips to the NCAA Tournament and two to the NIT. Boyle had the unique distinction of being a part of Hawk history as a player, an assistant coach and head coach. He had a connection with all of the SJU coaches from the past four decades, including the present. Boyle played for Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay and served as an assistant coach on the staffs of Jack McKinney, Harry Booth and Jim Lynam. Boyle also worked with John Griffin, when they were assistants to Lynam. Then during his tenure as head coach, Boyle hired current SJU mentor Phil Martelli as an assistant coach.