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Magic officially announce Frank Vogel as head coach

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The Magic's new head man will be formally introduced on Monday afternoon.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic officially announced the hiring of Frank Vogel as their new head coach late Friday afternoon.

The team will introduce their 13th coach in franchise history on Monday afternoon at a 1:00 PM press conference. The press conference can be seen on FoxSports Florida, as well as the Magic's official website.

Vogel, 42, was shockingly let go by the Indiana Pacers after five and a half successful seasons. Vogel led the Pacers to the playoffs in five of those seasons, and helped lead them to become one of the best defensive teams in the league.

Vogel's 250 wins are the most in Pacers franchise history.

The hiring of Vogel comes just eight days after Scott Skiles' sudden resignation that sent shockwaves through the Magic organization, and NBA as a whole.

According to the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins, Vogel spoke with Magic general manager Rob Hennigan on Sunday before flying to Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet with CEO Alex Martins, and owner Rich DeVos.

Following his introduction on Monday, Vogel's next steps will be meeting with his new players, and working to build his coaching staff.

Vogel told Robbins that he has a short list of potential assistant coaches to add to his bench and that some coaches continue to reach out to him with interest in joining his staff. Vogel also added that he will talk with Hennigan, assistant GM Scott Perry and CEO Alex Martins on who he picks.

"I’m going to look at a lot of people," Vogel said. "I’ve got a pretty short list of people that I have serious interest in. There’s a lot of names out there, and a lot of people have contacted me that I want to learn a little bit more about. So we’ll start probably toward the middle or end of next week, just kind of getting together with some of those names of people that I have interest in.


"Everything I’ve always ever done is based on group decisions and making decisions as a team. It’s going to be my call who I hire 100 percent, but I fully intend to involve Scott and Alex and, in particular, Rob with the people that I’m bringing in here and see what their experiences are with those people and to listen to them if they have names that I might be interested in."

Lead assistant Adrian Griffin, who was also interviewed for the head coaching position, could be an option for Vogel's staff. Reports have also surfaced that Griffin could move on to Minnesota to coach alongside Tom Thibodeau like he did in Chicago.

The team also reportedly interviewed Portland assistant David Vanterpool, as well as former Houston interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff.