Indiana Pacers Give Frank Vogel Contract Extension

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Greg M. Cooper – USA TODAY Sports

It turns out “shooting for the moon” has worked for Frank Vogel.

The Indiana Pacers head coach was rewarded with a contract extension Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Vogel has been the architect of the Pacers resurgence since taking over for Jim O’Brien in January 2011. Indiana has made the playoffs the last two seasons, going 82-56 (.594) during that span.

“This is a good deal for Frank and the franchise,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh in a press release. “Frank has done a great job turning our team around since he became coach and deserves the chance to continue the work he and his staff have started.”

After losing to the Chicago Bulls 4-1 in the 2011 Playoffs, the Pacers finished with the fifth-best record in the league last season and won their first playoff series since 2005 under Vogel’s direction. They gave the eventual NBA champion Miami Heat a scare before losing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Indiana (20-14) currently leads the Central Division after an unexpected 3-6 start.

“We’ve established a great connection with our community the last two years, both on and off the court and I look forward to continuing that,” Vogel said in a statement.

Vogel has done wonders for this team, not just in terms of wins and losses but instilling confidence. This team was beaten down and fractured by O’Brien’s style of coaching. Vogel replaced him with a different strategy of playing inside-out and an attitude that the Pacers could become one of the league’s elite teams. His “smashmouth” approach garnered him Coach of the Year consideration last season and secured this well-deserved contract extension.

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