Vogel in February 2014
June 21, 1973 |
Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
|2001-2004||Boston Celtics (assistant)|
|2004-2005||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|2007-2011||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Frank Paul Vogel (born June 21, 1973) is an American basketball coach who most recently served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Vogel previously served as an assistant coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics and as head coach of the Indiana Pacers.
Vogel grew up in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. During his eighth grade year, he was featured in an episode of Late Night with David Letterman during the Stupid Human Tricks segment, in which he spun a basketball on a toothbrush while brushing his teeth.
On December 10, 1990, Vogel's childhood home caught fire and destroyed everything in the house. Vogel, who was 17 years old at the time, and his mother--the only two people in the house at the time--escaped out of a window.
In 1994, Vogel transferred to the University of Kentucky. Vogel served as student manager for the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team then coached by Rick Pitino in the 1994-95 season. The following season, Pitino resurrected the junior varsity Kentucky basketball team and Vogel played for them. Vogel graduated from Kentucky with a B.S. in biology in 1998.
Vogel began his career as the head video coordinator for the Boston Celtics under head coach Rick Pitino. He retained that position for five years before being promoted to assistant coach. After coaching with Boston, Vogel went on to become an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers. Vogel left the 76ers to become an advance scout for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2005 to 2006 and the Washington Wizards from 2006 to2007. Vogel then became an assistant for the Indiana Pacers under former Celtics colleague Jim O'Brien. In 2011, after O'Brien was fired from his head coaching position, Vogel was named interim coach. As interim coach, Vogel led the Pacers to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Vogel was officially named as the Pacers' head coach on July 6, 2011.
Shortly before the Indiana Pacers were to take on the Miami Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, Vogel criticized his opponents for alleged flopping: "They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA. It'll be very interesting (to see) how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward... Every drive to the basket, they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers. Often times they're falling down even before contact is even being made. It'll be interesting to see how the series is officiated." He was fined $15,000 by the league for these remarks.
On April 7, 2013, the Pacers clinched their first Central Division title since the 2003-04 season. They finished the 2012-13 season with a 49-32 record, clinching the third seed in the Eastern Conference. After defeating both the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks in 6 games, the Pacers went on to face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 1, the Pacers were defeated by the Heat 103-102 in overtime after LeBron James drove by Paul George for a wide-open layup with 2.2 seconds left on the clock. Vogel was roundly criticized for leaving the Pacers' primary defender, Roy Hibbert, on the bench during the final play. Vogel said that he made that decision out of concern of Chris Bosh and acknowledged that he might do it differently next time. In a back-and-forth series where neither team won consecutive games, the Pacers lost in seven games.
On January 14, 2014, Vogel was named the Eastern Conference head coach for 2014 NBA All-Star Game. He had guided the team to their best start in franchise history, en route to a 56-26 record, good for first in the Eastern Conference. However for the second consecutive year, the Pacers lost to the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals.
Vogel signed a two-year contract extension with the Indiana Pacers, to keep him through 2016. With Paul George missing all but six games of the season due to injury, the Pacers just missed the playoffs due to tiebreakers with the Brooklyn Nets. Vogel brought the team back to the playoffs with a retooled and rejuvenated roster the following season, however they fell to the Toronto Raptors in seven games in the first round.
Following the loss to the Raptors, Pacers' president Larry Bird announced that Vogel's contract would not be renewed, citing a need for "a new voice" to lead the players. He departed Indiana as the franchise's all-time leader in NBA wins (Bobby "Slick" Leonard has the most total victories as Pacers head coach, with majority coming in the ABA).
|Indiana||2010-11||38||20||18||.526||2nd in Central||5||1||4||.200||Lost in First Round|
|Indiana||2011-12||66||42||24||.636||2nd in Central||11||6||5||.545||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|Indiana||2012-13||81||49||32||.605||1st in Central||19||11||8||.579||Lost in Conference Finals|
|Indiana||2013-14||82||56||26||.683||1st in Central||19||10||9||.526||Lost in Conference Finals|
|Indiana||2014-15||82||38||44||.463||3rd in Central||--||--||--||--||Missed playoffs|
|Indiana||2015-16||82||45||37||.549||2nd in Central||7||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round|
|Orlando||2016-17||82||29||53||.354||5th in Southeast||--||--||--||--||Missed playoffs|
|Orlando||2017-18||82||25||57||.305||5th in Southeast||--||--||--||--||Missed playoffs|