Orlando Magic confirm Frank Vogel as their new head coach

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The Orlando Magic have officially announced the appointment of their new head coach Frank Vogel. 

The former Indiana Pacers man left his post at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse just over a fortnight ago following the expiration of his contract and replaces Scott Skiles at the Amway Center after the former Magic head coach walked out on the franchise. 

Vogel led Indiana to the playoffs during the regular season as they finished seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 45-37 record. But a 4-3 series defeat to the Toronto Raptors, coupled with a lack of attacking impetus throughout the year, saw Larry Bird decide it was time for a new face in Indy.

However, the Magic will be hoping he can continue their upturn in form, having slowly improved their winning percentage over the past three seasons. 

The Sunshine State franchise ended the regular season 11th in the east with a 35-47 record and will have serious aspirations of breaking into the playoffs next year with their young core of Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon. 

Orlando has failed to reach the playoffs since 2012 and general manager Rob Hennigan said of the appointment: "While we were conducting our search, it became very evident that Frank (Vogel) is a terrific fit for our organisation. 

"He is a strong, hard-working and experienced leader, who will continue to instill smart, physical, unselfish and defensive-minded basketball in our group. We welcome him into the Magic family, as we move forward in a positive direction."

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