The Indiana Pacers filled a position vacated by Clark Kellogg’s July resignation with the Wednesday announcement of Carl Daniels as vice president of player relations.
Daniels had been director of team services at the adidas Sports Licensed Division since 2012, and prior to that, senior manager for team services since 2002.
The Indianapolis resident has also been director of business development and field sales support for LifeSketch, Inc., as well as an assistant director of championships for the NCAA and assistant athletics director at Butler University.
“We’re very pleased to have Carl as part of our team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird, through a team release. “In his previous position, he has been around our team, he knows our players and he is well-established in our community.”
Daniels replaces one of the more visible and personable Pacers employees in Kellogg, who started out as the team’s first-round draft choice in 1982 and after his playing career has served as a radio and TV analyst for the team. He’s also built his national profile while working for CBS Sports as a college basketball analyst, especially active on the men’s NCAA tournament and Final Four.
“I'm eternally thankful for each opportunity the Simon family and this organization have given me to contribute to its work," Kellogg said in a July release. "It's been a blessed association in every way for me and my family. But times and seasons change. And my time has come to move on from my role as VP of Player Relations. I do so with no regrets, while looking forward to continuing my work as a college basketball game and studio analyst with CBS. Always a Pacer.”
Bird said at the time, “We are glad we had the opportunity to have Clark as part of our team. His interaction with our players was great and he brought a lot to the table. Anyone who has been around Clark will say you can't find a better person. We will miss him and wish him the best..”
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