Pacers hire McMillan as head coach


The Indiana Pacers have hired Nate McMillan as their new head coach.

McMillan was confirmed as the replacement for Frank Vogel - who was fired after six seasons this month - on Monday.  He had previously served as associate head coach under Vogel for the past three seasons.

"I've been around this franchise three years and understand what the expectations are and look forward to working hard to try to meet them," McMillan said.

"We have a good team and good base to build from. I'm very anxious to get started."

McMillan has twice been a head coach in the NBA, with the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle SuperSonics, compiling a combined 478-452 record. His teams made the playoffs five times but never advanced past the second round.

"I truly believe Nate is the right coach for us at this time," Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement. 

"When I heard he was interested, I got in touch with him, met with him and in our conversation I came away with all the confidence in the world in Nate to lead our franchise to where we want to go.

"His experience as a player, head coach and assistant coach in the NBA are valuable assets for us."

The Pacers made it to the playoffs this season after compiling a 45-37 record, but lost in the first round to the Toronto Raptors in a seven-game series.