Pacers take interim tag off Vogel

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers took the interim tag off Frank Vogel on Wednesday, making him their full-time head coach.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Vogel took over coaching duties last season from Jim O'Brien in late January after the team started 17-27. The Pacers went 20-18 under Vogel, finishing at 37-45 and making the playoffs as an eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They were knocked out in the first round by the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in five games.

"We're very happy to have Frank as our coach," said Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird in a statement. "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 this coaching staff, as a whole, will help this franchise continue to move forward."

Vogel, who will be entering his 15th NBA season as a coach, scout or some other administrative role, came to the Pacers as an assistant coach when O'Brien was named head coach in 2007.

"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 was an assistant coach with the Celtics (2001-04) and 76ers (2004-05) and advance scout for the Lakers (2005-06) and Wizards (2006-07) prior to joining Indiana's staff.


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