Frank Vogel given extension

New multi-year deal signed one day after preseason opener.

One preseason game into the NBA season, Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel has a new multi-year contract extension.

The deal was announced Wednesday, a day after the Pacers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-90 in their exhibition opener at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Per team policy, contract terms were undisclosed.

Vogel, 41, is entering his fourth full season as coach. He took over on an interim basis in January 2011, the Pacers finished 20-18 and reached the playoffs for the first time in four years, and the interim tag was removed.

The Pacers have reached the Eastern Conference Finals twice and the Eastern Conference semifinals once in Vogel’s three full seasons. His record stands at 147-82 (.641 win percentage), which includes the Pacers earning the conference’s No. 1 seed last season. Vogel and his staff were named conference all-star coaches. He’s been twice named conference coach of the month.

“We’re very happy to extend Frank’s contract,” said Larry Bird, Pacers President of Basketball Operations, in a statement from the team. “I believe he has done a great job and I look forward to continuing our relationship and working together to achieve all of our goals.”

Vogel said: “I’m excited for the opportunity to continue my tenure as Pacers’ coach. It’s an honor to represent this franchise and lead this team. I look forward to the challenge ahead. I’m grateful to have had good, coachable teams along with coaching stars that have been second to none.”

The Pacers coach might face his greatest challenge this season. All-Star guard/forward Paul George broke two bones in his right leg and could miss the season. The team also lost guard Lance Stephenson in free agency.

Here’s what Vogel had to say about the Pacers’ preseason victory Tuesday night.

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