ORLANDO, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - Three days after the Orlando Magic announced Frank Vogel as the franchise's new coach, the team formally introduced him on Monday. He replaces Scott Skiles, who abruptly resigned on May 12 after just one season.
Vogel, 42, spent the past five-plus seasons with the Indiana Pacers where he went 250-181 as head coach. The Pacers won two Central Division titles and made two trips to the Eastern Conference finals under Vogel. Pacers director of basketball operations announced earlier this offseason that Vogel's contract would not be renewed after a first-round playoff exit in which the team took Toronto to Game 7 before being ousted.
Vogel said Orlando's current roster has a lot of talent with high character and that the fans should expect immediate results. "The future is bright for this group," Vogel said. "In my mind this team is ready. Ready to take the next step. We have a great young core. We have cap flexibility to add a key veteran or two; or three. And I think our fans here should be really excited and have real reason to believe that we are at the beginning of what should be a great era of Magic basketball."