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indyblue47
06-13-2007, 08:08 PM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/assistants_release_070613.html



O’BRIEN NAMES ASSISTANT COACHES


INDIANAPOLIS, June 13, 2007 – New Indiana Pacers Head Coach Jim O’Brien announced Wednesday his coaching staff for the 2007-08 National Basketball Association season and little time was wasted with introductions.
O’Brien is rejoined by assistants Dick Harter, Lester Conner and Frank Vogel, all of who worked with O’Brien when he was the head coach at Boston and Philadelphia. Dan Burke, a Pacers’ assistant coach the last 10 years, remains on staff and Jay DeFruscio, head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University the last 18 years, also joins O’Brien’s staff.

Harter is no stranger to the Pacers. This will be his third stint as an assistant with the team, having worked for Jack Ramsay (1986-88) and Larry Bird (1997-00). The 76-year-old Harter was the first head coach for the expansion Charlotte Hornets (1988-90) and has been an assistant under Pat Riley with the New York Knicks and P.J. Carlesimo with the Portland Trail Blazers.

This will be Conner’s 10th season as an assistant coach in the NBA. A former first-round pick of the Golden State Warriors in the 1982 NBA Draft, the 47-year-old Conner spent 13 seasons in the NBA as a player, including a brief stint with the Pacers in 1993-94 when he played 11 regular season games and six playoff games. Vogel started with the Celtics as the team’s head video coordinator before becoming an assistant with O’Brien in 2001 and, with Harter and Conner, moved to Philadelphia when O’Brien became coach there. The 33-year-old Vogel spent the last two seasons as a regional and advance scout.

The 48-year-old Burke joined the Pacers as part of Bird’s staff, serving as assistant coach and scouting director and was on the bench with former coach Rick Carlisle the last three seasons. DeFruscio, 46, had a 311-212 record at Wheeling Jesuit with four straight 20-win seasons and two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. He was the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice.

Young
06-13-2007, 10:05 PM
I am pretty happy with the staff. Seems good. I like Harter and Cooner. I think that Burke and Vogel are ok.

I just don't understand where in the hell this DeFrusico came from? I mean gosh what has he done to show he belongs on the NBA sidelines? I really don't care though with Harter and Cooner I am pretty happy.

Shack80
06-13-2007, 10:27 PM
Well the Colts won the SB with all kinds of Jesus stuff and people, so maybe TPTB think adding a guy from a religous school will give the heathen Pacers some Jesus juice?

pwee31
06-13-2007, 10:39 PM
Well the Colts won the SB with all kinds of Jesus stuff and people, so maybe TPTB think adding a guy from a religous school will give the heathen Pacers some Jesus juice?


WOW :eek:

btowncolt
06-13-2007, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the update.

Was he yelling when he named them? :flirt:

Shack80
06-13-2007, 11:40 PM
WOW :eek:

Wow what? The people associated with the Colts did not make religion a big to do during and after the superbowl run? I have said nothing insulting, unless you just look to be insulted. I really don't care. I am an apathetic agnostic and find it all bemusing. If there is a god I doubt he would care who won the Superbowl. One would think the absolute power of the Universe had bigger cosmic kind of concerns. Just saying maybe the pacer think some of the good juju might rub off on the troubled franchise is all. :rolleyes:

DisapointedPacerFan
06-14-2007, 12:38 AM
So Johnny Davis isn't a coach anymore? Thank the Lord!:dance::dance::dance::dance::buddies::pepper: :champagne:jump::applaud:

Naptown_Seth
06-14-2007, 02:22 AM
So Johnny Davis isn't a coach anymore? Thank the Lord!:dance::dance::dance::dance::buddies::pepper: :champagne:jump::applaud:
Dodged a bullet there I think.

Erik
06-14-2007, 05:28 AM
as time goes on, are some of you getting more excited about O'Brien?

indygeezer
06-14-2007, 07:36 AM
Still no "big man" coach?

Well, I guess we don't have any "big men" worth coaching anyway. :(

D23
06-14-2007, 09:11 AM
So Johnny Davis isn't a coach anymore? Thank the Lord!:dance::dance::dance::dance::buddies::pepper: :champagne:jump::applaud:


All that's left is for TPTB to offer him the front office position that Rick turned down :thumbup:

Kegboy
06-16-2007, 09:54 AM
Still no "big man" coach?

Well, I guess we don't have any "big men" worth coaching anyway. :(

:kickcan:

(I was gone and just realized this.)

If we get Bynum this is unacceptable.