Position: Head coach.
Who's the man: Jacque Vaughn.
Why he got the job: The Magic not only adopted a youth movement in player personnel, but made Vaughn the league's youngest coach (then 37) when he was hired to replace Stan Van Gundy in the summer of 2012. The names of Michael Malone, Brian Shaw and Quinn Snyder were also linked to the job. A 12-year NBA point guard, Vaughn served as an assistant under Gregg Popovich for two seasons in San Antonio. Pop's recommendation to the Magic went a long way as he called Vaughn "a star." It also didn't hurt his chances that Magic GM Rob Hennigan spent four years with the Spurs, rising to the role of director of basketball operations.
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The Magic were searching for a younger coach who could handle a rebuilding project. The last time the franchise found itself in a similar situation, it hired another former point guard, Doc Rivers, out of a broadcast booth. He replaced legendary Chuck Daly, in 1999, but Rivers knew reinforces were coming (Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady). Vaughn will have a longer wait.
The Magic were impressed with Vaughn's demeanor and teaching abilities he honed building relationships with players in San Antonio.
He stayed on an even keel in his first season as the clean-up after the Dwight Howard era began. He needed all the patience a coach could muster. The Magic, beset by injuries to veterans Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu the first half of the season, finished a league-worst 20-62. The club surprised skeptics early with a 12-13 start, but won only eight more games.
Vaughn has been over-the-top positive despite the obvious lack of talent. He remains cordial, but guarded with the media and secretive with all information -- a Spurs' credo.
Who are the assistants: James Borrego, Wes Unseld Jr., Brett Gunning, Laron Profit and Luke Stuckey. Borrego coached the Magic's Summer League team and aspires to become a head coach.
Who coached the Magic first: Matt Guokas took over the expansion squad in 1989. A former player and coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Guokas had the perfect temperament to handle the Orlando start-up. He stepped away after four seasons, just before the Magic acquired Penny Hardaway to complement Shaquille O'Neal, turning over the plumb job to his assistant, Brian Hill.
Who else coached the team: Hill led the Magic to a 60-win season in 1995-96 and into the '95 Finals – the franchise's first appearance. He was then fired after a messy player coup in 1997, one of the low points in franchise history.
Needing an image make-over, the Magic hired Daly, who had won two titles with the Detroit Pistons and an Olympic gold medal with the Dream Team. Daly coached for two seasons before retiring. Orlando gave Rivers his first head coaching job, in 1999, and he was named Coach of the Year after pushing an unheralded team to 41-41. Rivers was fired in 2003 during a 10-game losing streak, but later led the Boston Celtics to a title in 2008.
Hill returned to the Magic for two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07), but was replaced by Van Gundy, a former Miami Heat head coach. Van Gundy enjoyed a wildly successful five-year run, leading the Magic to the 2009 Finals and posting two 59-win seasons. An engaging, often controversial figure, Van Gundy was let go after the 2011-12 season, his fate sealed after telling the media that Dwight Howard had tried to get him fired. Van Gundy is the franchise's winningest coach, with 259 victories.