Pacers Anoint Former Vogel Subordinate McMillan Head Coach

May 16, 2016

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The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have named Nate McMillan as their head coach. McMillan has spent the last three seasons as Associate Head Coach for the Pacers under former coach Frank Vogel.

McMillan says coaching is different now than when he first started more than a decade ago.

"There is a lot of old school in me,” he says, “and I won’t lose all of that, but I do understand you have to adapt to this generation.”

McMillan played his entire 12-year career with the Seattle SuperSonics. After his playing days, McMillan was a Seattle assistant coach for two years and became the interim coach in 2000. He remained the Sonics’ coach until 2005 and then became Portland’s head coach until he was let go in March 2012. McMillan compiled a 478-452 record as a head coach for both teams.

He also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team where he won gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.