List of Indiana Pacers head coaches

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Larry Bird coached the Pacers from 1997–98 to 1999–2000.

The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team began playing in 1967 as a charter member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), and joined the NBA as part of the ABA-NBA merger. The team has played their home games at the Banker's Life Fieldhouse since the 1999–2000 NBA season. The Pacers are owned by Herbert and Melvin Simon, and David Morway is their general manager.[1]

There have been 14 head coaches for the Pacers franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Larry Staverman, who coached for two seasons.[2] Bobby Leonard is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular season games coached (985), the most regular season game wins (529), the most playoff games coached (116), and the most playoff game wins (69).[3] Leonard is also the only coach to win an ABA championship with the Pacers, with 3 (1970, 1972, 1973).[4] Larry Bird, who coached three seasons with the Pacers, is the Pacers' all-time leader for the highest winning percentage with .687.[5] Bird is also the only coach to win an NBA Eastern Conference championship with the Pacers, but lost the 2000 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.[6] Mel Daniels is the only Pacers coach to have coached less than one season.[7] Jack Ramsay and Larry Brown are the only Pacers' coaches to be elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[8][9] Ramsay was also named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.[10] Jack McKinney and Larry Bird have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, in 1980–81 and 1997–98 respectively, with the Pacers.[11] Dick Versace and Bird have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Pacers.[5][12] Frank Vogel was named interim head coach after Jim O'Brien was fired midway through the 2010–11 season.[13]


Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Pacers
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

The Pacers have played their home games at Banker's Life Fieldhouse (formerly Conseco Fieldhouse) since 1999.

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 season.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Staverman, LarryLarry Staverman 1967–1968 87 40 47 .460 3 0 3 .000 [2]
2 Leonard, BobbyBobby Leonarddagger 1968–1980 985 529 456 .537 116 69 47 .595 3 ABA Championships (1970, 1972, 1973)[4] [3]
3 McKinney, JackJack McKinney 19801984 328 125 203 .381 2 0 2 .000 1980–81 NBA Coach of the Year[11] [14]
4 Irvine, GeorgeGeorge Irvine 19841986 164 48 116 .293 [15]
5 Ramsay, JackJack Ramsaydagger 19861988 171 79 92 .462 4 1 3 .250 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[10] [8]
6 Daniels, MelMel Daniels 1988 2 0 2 .000 [7]
Irvine, GeorgeGeorge Irvine 1988–1989 20 6 14 .300 [15]
7 Versace, DickDick Versace* 19891990 160 73 87 .456 [12]
8 Hill, BobBob Hill 19901993 221 113 108 .511 12 3 9 .250 [16]
9 Brown, LarryLarry Browndagger 19931997 328 190 138 .579 38 22 16 .579 [9]
10 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* 19972000 214 147 67 .687 52 32 20 .615 1997–98 NBA Coach of the Year[11] [5]
11 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas 20002003 246 131 115 .533 15 5 10 .333 [17]
12 Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle 20032007 328 181 147 .552 35 18 17 .514 [18]
13 O'Brien, JimJim O'Brien 20072011 290 121 169 .417 [19]
14 Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel* 2011–present 267 167 100 .625 54 28 26 .519 [20]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Pacers. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season, except for the seasons spent in the ABA.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Year by Year with the Pacers". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Larry Staverman Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Slick Leonard Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Playoff Index". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c "Larry Bird Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Shaq Makes Mark in New Millennium". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Mel Daniels Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Jack Ramsay Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Larry Brown Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b c "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Dick Versace Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Pacers relieve O'Brien of coaching duties". NBA.com. January 30, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jack McKinney Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "George Irvine Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Bob Hill Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Kevin Pritchard Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Rick Carlisle Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Jim O'Brien Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Frank Vogel Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2012.