A league source confirmed late Monday that Scott Skiles is out as coach of the Milwaukee Bucks after four-plus seasons.
The source said it was mutually agreed between the two parties that Skiles would no longer coach the Bucks, effective immediately.
Jim Boylan will take over as interim coach of the team beginning with Tuesday's home game against Phoenix, the source indicated.
Skiles was in the final year of his contract with the team. He originally signed a four-year deal in April 2008 and had his contract extended one year following the 2009-'10 season.
The final game in Skiles' term with the Bucks came on Saturday night as Milwaukee lost at Indiana, 95-80. The Bucks dropped four straight games last week to fall to the .500 mark, after they had improved to a 16-12 record with a 104-85 home victory over Miami on Dec. 29.
Skiles compiled a 162-182 record in his time with the Bucks and led the team to one playoff appearance in four seasons. The only time the team had a winning record was in 2009-'10 when it went 46-36 and advanced to the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Bucks lost in seven games to Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs that year.
But Milwaukee fell to 35-47 the next year during an injury-plagued season and was 31-35 during the lockout-shortened season a year ago.
Skiles experimented with several lineups this year and the Bucks won six of their first eight games. They are 14-8 against Eastern Conference foes but just 2-8 against the Western Conference thus far.
This will be the second time Boylan has succeeded Skiles as coach of an NBA team. Boylan finished the final 56 games of the 2007-’08 season as interim coach of the Chicago Bulls after serving as Skiles’ lead assistant.
Boylan also has been Skiles’ lead assistant with the Bucks for the last-four plus seasons.
Bucks owner Herb Kohl did not extend the contracts of Skiles and general manager John Hammond following last season. Both entered this season operating on the final year of their deals.
Pressure was on both players and the coaching staff to get off to a decent start this season. And the team played well within its division with five victories in its first six games, including two victories over Indiana and one over Chicago.
But the Bucks dropped their last three division games against Cleveland, Detroit and Indiana.
Milwaukee is just 9-8 at home this season, including losses to San Antonio and Houston last week. The Bucks dropped a 115-101 decision to the Rockets in their last home game after squandering an 18-point first-half lead.
Skiles led the Bucks’ practice session Monday as usual but a source said he met with team management later in the day.
Earlier Monday, Skiles said the Bucks had to work their way out of their recent malaise.
“You can’t press and put undue pressure on yourself,” Skiles said. “We’ve got to create more opportunities for ourselves, share the ball a little better, make shots. We’ve got to do everything better than we’ve done the last week or so.”
Now the Bucks will be doing it for a different coach.
Skiles has an overall league coaching record of 443-433. He also was head coach of the Phoenix Suns for three seasons and the Bulls for four-plus seasons.
A native of Plymouth, Ind., Skiles was an All-American at Michigan State and was drafted by the Bucks in 1986 (the 22nd overall pick).
He played just one season with Milwaukee but also played for Indiana, Orlando, Washington and Philadelphia in a 10-year NBA playing career. He still holds the NBA single-game assist record with 30, set in December 1990 while he was playing with the Magic.
Skiles was known for his direct approach with players and preached defense as the way to winning basketball.
The Bucks used a strong defense anchored by center Andrew Bogut and received an offensive boost from John Salmons, acquired at the trade deadline in 2010, when they reached the playoffs. Bogut was injured and did not participate in the post-season but the Bucks still took the Hawks to seven games and led the first-round series, 3-2, before losing Game 6 at home and Game 7 in Atlanta.
Skiles was runner-up to Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks in the coach of the year balloting that season.
But the Bucks were plagued by injuries the following year and struggled on the road (13-28) while finishing two games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Bogut returned and played 65 games but was hampered offensively due to the elbow injury he suffered the previous season.
The Bucks again made a run at a playoff spot last season and made a major deal at the trade deadline, sending Bogut to Golden State for Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh. But Milwaukee faded down the stretch and did not qualify for the post-season.