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Frank Vogel signs multi-year contract extension with Pacers

The Pacers throw their support behind Vogel after the coach was dealt a tough hand in the final year of his contract.

Mike Ehrmann

Frank Vogel won't be coaching for his job this season after signing a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday. The Pacers announced the signing the morning after Vogel's team won their first preseason game on Tuesday evening.

Vogel remains energized and optimistic about the upcoming season despite not having Paul George available as his top player. He may not be the only one sharing such optimism but that party isn't exactly rocking. Terms of the deal weren't announced. Vogel will start the season trying to improve on his career 167-100 regular season record with the Pacers.

Regardless of how well or poorly the Pacers play, Vogel should be able to pass Rick Carlisle (181 wins) and then Larry Brown's 190 win total to move into second place on the franchise list for coaching wins. Will take a few more years to catch Slick Leonard's 529, though.

"We're very happy to extend Frank's contract," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "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."

"I'm excited for the opportunity to continue my tenure as Pacers' coach," said Vogel. "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 staffs that have been second to none."

Of course, a contract extension doesn't immune Vogel from being fired if things go really haywire, but his financial future is further secured and the franchise show of support will keep Vogel from having to lead as a lame duck coach this season.