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Pacers Let Go of Head Coach Frank Vogel

Just a few days removed from their first round loss to the Raptors, the Pacers have let go of head coach Frank Vogel. Larry Bird made it clear Thursday morning that they didn’t fire Vogel, instead they just chose not to renew his expired contract.

In five seasons Vogel compiled a 250-181 record and led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals twice. He will definitely be behind an NBA bench in the near future.

The official announcement below via

“I want to thank Frank for his time in Indiana,” said Bird. “We know he’ll be successful down the road and end up getting a job, but for us, I just feel it’s time to move in a different direction.”

Vogel stepped in as interim coach, Jan. 30, 2011, replacing Jim O’Brien, and was named head coach July 6, 2011. In five-plus seasons, Vogel compiled a 250-181 record, five NBA Playoff appearances, two Central Division championships and two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The search for a new coach will begin immediately.

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