Former St. Joe's coach Boyle dies at 64

12/23/2005 - St. Joseph's Hawks

PHILADELPHIA -- Former Saint Joseph's basketball coach Jim
Boyle died of lung cancer at his suburban home Friday. He was 63.

His death was announced by the school.

Boyle coached Saint Joe's from 1981-89, leading the Hawks to two
NCAA Tournament appearances and a 151-114 record. He played for the
Hawks under Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay and was an assistant
under three other coaches. He hired current coach Phil Martelli as
an assistant.

"Jim Boyle gave me an opportunity to enter college basketball
in 1985 and I will be forever grateful," Martelli said.

Boyle played in high school with 76ers assistant Jim Lynam, whom
he assisted at Saint Joseph's. Boyle also was an assistant with the
Denver Nuggets in the 1990s.

He is survived by his wife, Tess, and three children -- all three
Saint Joe's graduates. A son, Kevin, died in the 1990s of a rare
form of cancer and played basketball at Harvard.

Funeral arrangements were pending Friday.