INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird announced today that Frank Vogel will not return as head coach of the Pacers.
“I want to thank Frank for his time in Indiana,” Bird said in a news release. “We know he’ll be successful down the road and end up getting a job, but for us, I just feel it’s time to move in a different direction.”
Vogel stepped in as interim coach on Jan. 30, 2011, replacing Jim O’Brien. He was named head coach on July 6, 2011.
In five-plus seasons, Vogel compiled a 250-181 record (58 percent).
Under Vogel, the Pacers:
• made five NBA Playoff appearances
• won two Central Division championships
• earned two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Pacers, a 7th seed, lost to Toronto 4 games to 3 in the first-round of this year’s playoffs. The team had problems all season maintaining a lead in the latter stages of games. Indiana lost Game 5 of the playoffs to the Raptors, 102-99, blowing an 18-point lead and getting outscored 25-9 in the final quarter.
Bird said the search for a new coach will begin immediately.
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