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Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel at NBA Cares charity event February 14 2014 cropped.jpg
Vogel in February 2014
Orlando Magic
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1973-06-21) June 21, 1973 (age 44)
Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
Nationality American
Career information
High school
College
Coaching career 2001-present
Career history
As coach:
2001-2004 Boston Celtics (assistant)
2004-2005 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2005-2006 Los Angeles Lakers (advanced scout)
2006-2007 Washington Wizards (advanced scout)
2007-2011 Indiana Pacers (assistant)
2011-2016 Indiana Pacers
2016-present Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards

Frank Paul Vogel (born June 21, 1973)[1][2] is an American basketball coach for the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Vogel previously served as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics and the head coach of the Indiana Pacers.

Early years

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.[3]

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.[4]

He graduated from Wildwood High School in 1991.[5][6]

At Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Vogel was a starter for the Division III basketball team.[7]

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.[7][8] Vogel graduated from Kentucky with a B.S. in biology in 1998.[1][8]

Coaching career

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.[8] 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 2005-2006 and the Washington Wizards from 2006-2007.[5] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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."[11] He was fined $15,000 by the league for these remarks.[12]

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.[13] Vogel was roundly criticized for leaving the Pacers' primary defender, Roy Hibbert, on the bench during the final play.[14] Vogel said that he made that decision out of concern of Chris Bosh and acknowledged that he might do it differently next time.[13] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17][18] 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).

On May 20, 2016, Vogel was named the head coach of the Orlando Magic.[19]

Head coaching record

Team Year G W L W-L% Finish PG PW PL PW-L% Result
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
Career 513 279 234 .544 61 31 30 .508

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Basketball Staff" (PDF). NBA. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "December 1998 Degree Candidates." Agenda, Meeting of the Board of Trustees, University of Kentucky. December 8, 1998, p. 56.
  3. ^ Krolik, John (May 16, 2013). "Frank Vogel spun a basketball on a toothbrush on television 25 years ago". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on April 29, 2013. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ Robbins, Josh (December 17, 2016). "Magic coach Frank Vogel gained strength from traumatic fire 26 years ago". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Wildwood High School graduate Frank Vogel promoted to interim head coach of Indiana Pacers". Press of Atlantic City. January 30, 2011. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved 2011. 
  6. ^ Allan, Marc; Allan, Martha (February 6, 2012). "2012 Forty Under 40: Frank P. Vogel". Indianapolis Business Journal. pp. 24B. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Ramsey, Guy (July 22, 2011). "Where are they now: Pacers coach credits UK basketball for opening NBA doors". Cat Scratches. Kentucky Wildcats. Archived from the original on January 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "Frank Vogel". NBA. Archived from the original on January 5, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 
  9. ^ "Pacers relieve O'Brien of coaching duties". NBA.com. January 30, 2011. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved 2011. 
  10. ^ "Pacers hire Frank Vogel as coach". Associated Press. ESPN.com. July 7, 2011. Archived from the original on December 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Haberstroh, Tom (May 11, 2012). "Frank Vogel: Heat love to flop". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved 2012. 
  12. ^ "Pacers Coach Frank Vogel Fined $15,000 For Comments About Heat Flopping". Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. May 12, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "LeBron James' layup as time expires in OT lifts Heat past Pacers". ESPN.com. May 22, 2013. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  14. ^ "Roy Hibbert shakes his head at Frank Vogel's coaching decisions". sbnation.com. May 23, 2013. Archived from the original on September 14, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  15. ^ "Indiana's Frank Vogel Earns Spot as Eastern Conference Head Coach for 2014 NBA All-Star Game". NBA.com. January 14, 2014. Archived from the original on January 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ Vogel Signed to Contract Extension
  17. ^ "Pacers Announce Frank Vogel Will Not Return as Coach". NBA.com. May 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ "Pacers part with coach Vogel". Yahoo.com. Yahoo! Sports. May 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  19. ^ "Magic Name Frank Vogel Head Coach". NBA.com. May 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 

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