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Vogel Justly Rewarded with New Extension

By Wheat Hotchkiss | Pacers.com Writer/Editor

The Pacers announced earlier today that head coach Frank Vogel signed a multi-year contract extension. It’s a deserved deal for Vogel, who has quickly proven himself as one of the brightest and most liked coaches in the entire league.

Though there has been unfounded speculation in recent months that Vogel may be on some kind of hot seat, this news reaffirms that Vogel has the full backing of Pacers President Larry Bird and the rest of the Indiana front office.

And why wouldn’t they have anything but the utmost confidence in a man who has led the team to four straight playoff appearances and back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Finals?

Pacers.com writer Mark Montieth pointed out that Vogel is poised to become the longest-tenured head coach in NBA franchise history. Vogel is entering his fourth full season as head coach and also coached the final 38 games of the 2010-11 season as interim head coach. No previous head coach has run the team for more than four seasons, though four previous coaches have managed that feat — Slick Leonard (1976-80), Jack McKinney (1980-84), Larry Brown (1993-97), and Rick Carlisle (2003-07).

With 167 career wins, Vogel already ranks third in NBA franchise history. He figures to pass both Carlisle (181 wins) and Brown (190 wins) at some point this season.

Vogel’s .625 career win percentage is second in franchise history. The one man in front of him is his boss, Bird, who posted a .687 win percentage in three years as head coach (1997-2000).

Vogel has clearly come a long way from his well-documented humble beginnings as a video coordinator. He’s brought much-needed stability and leadership to the local marketplace, and Pacers fans should be very excited to see him continue to man the sidelines at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the coming years.

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