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Report: Indiana Pacers Coach Frank Vogel Gets Contract Extension

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Boston CelticsLooks like a coach, unlike Avery Johnson with the Nets, has some job security for a change. Check this press release out from the Indiana Pacers.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have signed head coach Frank Vogel to a contract extension. Per team policy, no terms were revealed.

Vogel is in his third year as Pacers coach after taking over on Jan. 30, 2011. Going into Tuesday night’s home game with Miami, Vogel has coached exactly 100 games, compiling a 62-38 record. Last season, the Pacers had a 42-24 record, fifth best in the NBA and reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing to eventual NBA champion Miami.

I must say that Frank Vogel has done an impressive job as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. You already saw his record; it speaks for itself but it was nice for the Pacers to take a chance on someone new instead of going after retreads. He became head coach after he took over for Jim O’Brien, who he was an assistant under for both Boston and Indiana.

Vogel first broke into the league as head video coordinator for Boston under Rick Pitino. He was then promoted to assistant coach in 2001 and would later hold that same position in Philadelphia in 2004 and then for Indiana in 2007. O’Brien was then fired and Vogel was named interim coach. Vogel led the Pacers to the Playoffs that same season and he was named head coach shortly thereafter.

Vogel took the Pacers to the playoffs for the second straight year last season. They beat the Orlando Magic in five games and then succumbed to the Miami Heat in six games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Vogel emphasized “championship-level passing” with the Pacers

The Pacers currently have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, leading the Central Division at 20-14. They’ve played without their leading scorer, Danny Granger, the entire season.

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Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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