Scott Skiles has agreed to step down as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, ending his tenure with the team after four-and-a-half seasons

USA Today first reported the story and the club made the news official on Tuesday, saying that lead assistant coach Jim Boylan will take over for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season.

Skiles, known for his tenacity as a player and focus on defense as a coach, was in the last year of his contract and compiled an overall record of 162-182 with the Bucks, including a 16-16 mark this season.

Other changes to the club, which is still in the hunt for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, are expected to be made in the offseason.

The Bucks seemed to be on the rise until a serious elbow injury to star center Andrew Bogut late in the 2009-10 season, the only one in which the franchise made the playoffs during Skiles' tenure.

Led by undersized guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, the Bucks got off to a surprising 6-2 start this season but reality set in and the club has had a losing record since mid-November.

Skiles becomes the third head coach to be replaced this NBA season, following the departures of Mike Brown from the Los Angeles Lakers and Avery Johnson from the Brooklyn Nets. EFE