Frank Vogel enters his first season with the Lakers in 2019-20, taking the helm as
the 27th head coach in Lakers franchise history and the 23rd in the Los Angeles
era. He was hired on May 13, 2019.
Vogel, 45, returns to the bench after serving as head coach of the Indiana Pacers
and the Orlando Magic, owning a career record of 304-291 (.511) in 595 games.
With the Pacers, Vogel accumulated a 250-181 record and was a four-time NBA
Eastern Conference Coach of the Month from 2010-16, leading them to five NBA
Playoff appearances, two Central Division championships and back-to-back trips to
the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014. His 250 regular season wins remain
as the most for a Pacers head coach in the team’s NBA history. Most recently, Vogel
led the Magic for two seasons from 2016-18 and guided the team to a 54-110 record
while leading a young and developing roster.
Vogel is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in biology. He
initially attended Juniata College in Huntington, Pennsylvania, where he was a
three-year starter for the school’s Division III basketball team. An admirer of then-
Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino, Vogel transferred to UK and became a student
manager, playing on the junior varsity team in 1996.
After graduating from Kentucky, Vogel soon moved into a video coordinator role
with the Wildcats. He got his start in the NBA soon thereafter as the head video
coordinator with the Boston Celtics, again working under the future Hall of Famer
Pitino, from 1997-2001 before earning his first assistant coach role with the Celtics
during the 2001-02 season.
Vogel has been an assistant with Boston (2001-04), Philadelphia (2004-05) and
Indiana (2007-11), while also previously holding advance scouting roles with the
Lakers (2005-06) and Washington (2006-07). Vogel remained as an assistant coach
until the 2010-11 season, when he took the reigns as interim head coach for the
Pacers and led the team to the playoffs later that season.
A native of Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, Vogel and his wife Jenifer have two
daughters, Alexa and Arianna.
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