INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Frank Vogel calls himself a patient man, good thing because it took a few months for the Pacers to decide he was the man to lead the blue and gold into the future. On Wednesday afternoon the team announced Vogel has been named the Pacers head coach.
The 38-year old may be the youngest head coach in NBA but he's already proved he belongs after serving on an interim basis in the final 38 games of the regular season. In that time he lead the Pacers a 20-18 record and the team's first playoff appearance since 2006 where they lost to the Chicago Bulls, 4-1, in the best-of-seven series.
"We're very happy to have Frank as our coach," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "As I stated after the season, I was in no hurry regarding the coach, mainly because I knew I had a good candidate in Frank. But we wanted to get through the draft and I wanted to have numerous conversations with Frank about a staff that will cover all areas. I feel strongly he is doing that and his coaching staff, as a whole, will help the franchise continue to move forward."
"I'm very grateful to (team owner) Herb Simon, Larry Bird and (general manager) David Morway for giving me this opportunity," said Vogel. "Our team last year finished strong with a positive playoff showing and it's something we all can definitely build on. This is a challenge I embrace and look forward to."
Vogel came to the Pacers as an assistant coach under Jim O'Brien when he was hired in 2007. Vogel will be entering his 15th NBA season with previous experience as an assistant coach (nine years), scout and video coordinator.