Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel may have been hoping to return to the team next season, but he will not get the opportunity to do so. On Thursday morning, the Pacers announced Vogel has been fired after six years with the team.
Team president Larry Bird informed Vogel of his decision this morning during a phone call.
Per Rachel Nichols, Vogel attempted to keep his job, but his plea for Bird to reconsider fell upon deaf ears.
Larry Bird says he and Frank Vogel spoke for about a half hour on the phone this morning, and that Vogel kept asking him to reconsider.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 5, 2016
The decision to fire Frank Vogel comes days after the Pacers were eliminated from the Eastern Conference Playoffs by the Toronto Raptors in the first round.
In Vogel’s six seasons leading the Pacers, the team compiled a 250-181 record.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Vogel’s resume, however, is that he was able to lead Indiana to five postseason appearances in his six seasons in charge. Two of those runs ended with the Pacers falling just short in the conference championship.
Frank Vogel was with Pacers for all or parts of 6 seasons, and they made the playoffs in 5 of them pic.twitter.com/RiqqMVqcfZ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 5, 2016
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