I have no idea why many of you think Vogel is the best candidate for interim coach. he has no head coaching experience anywhere.
Frank Vogel - Another familiar face on Coach Jim O’Brien’s staff is 37-year-old (6/21/73) Frank Vogel, who will be entering his 14th NBA season and eighth as an assistant coach.
He rejoined O’Brien in 2007 after spending the previous two seasons as an advance scout for the Los Angeles Lakers (2005-06) and Washington Wizards (2006-07). He was with O’Brien as an assistant coach in Philadelphia and Boston. It was with the Celtics that Vogel got his start in the NBA as the head video coordinator under Rick Pitino. He served in that role from 1997-2001 before becoming an assistant coach.
I would rather have Dan Burke - he at least isn't an O'Brien guy and has been here for years (not sure why) but then he has never been a head coach of anything.
College - Portland State
Dan Burke begins his 16th year in professional basketball and his eighth season with the Pacers. This season marks the second on the bench and an increase in duties for Burke as an assistant coach. The previous six seasons, Burke had served as assistant coach and scouting director.
Prior to joining the Pacers, Burke spent eight years with the Portland Trail Blazers (1989-1997) as video coordinator and scout. The 45-year-old (4/3/59) has a strong reputation in the area of opponent preparation. In his 16 years, he has been fortunate to learn from a variety of successful coaches. He spent three seasons working on Larry Bird’s staff and has worked five seasons under Rick Adelman and three seasons under both Isiah Thomas and P.J. Carlesimo.
Actually I would pick this guy - He has at least been a head coach for 18 years (granted division two college) . He is in his 4th season as an NBA assistant. But IMO the fact he has been a head coach before makes him a much more viable condidate that Burke or Vogel. So if an interim is needed, I would ask him to take the reigns
After a successful 18-year head coaching career at Wheeling (West Virginia) Jesuit University, DeFruscio will be in his first season in the NBA.
While at Wheeling Jesuit, DeFruscio compiled a 311-212 record with four straight 20-win seasons and two NCAA Division II tournament appearances. He was named West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice and NAIA District 28 Coach of the Year once. He also served as the school’s athletic director for 20 years.
The 46-year-old (11/4/60) DeFruscio is a native of Drexel Hill, Pa., and earned a degree in Economics from Ursinus College. He was a four-year letter winner at Ursinus while playing in the Division III Final Four in 1981 and Elite Eight in 1982. He is a member of the Ursinus College Athletic Hall of Fame.
He also has an MBA from Wheeling Jesuit and served as an adjunct professor in the business program. While at Wheeling, he wrote a regular column for the local newspaper on the value of athletics and sportsmanship.