Former Kansas Jayhawks point guard Jacque Vaughn was named Orlando’s head coach yesterday. Vaughn, previously was an assistant coach for San Antonio. He will be officially named head coach on Monday in a press conference.
Vaughn, becomes Orlando’s 10th head coach in franchise history after the team fired Stan Van Gundy on May 21 after he complied a 259-135 record. Vaughn was chosen over fellow finalists and former NBA players, Lindsey Hunter and Michael Curry. This is Vaughn’s first head coaching job, after enjoying 12 seasons in the league that ended in 2009. He made stops in Utah, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey and San Antonio during his career. The guards best season came in 2001 when he averaged 6.6 points for the Hawks.
He and the Magic have some serious work to do during this offseason. For instance, what to do with center Dwight Howard. He has been rumored going to the LA Lakers or the Brooklyn Nets, yet nothing serious is currently in the works. Without Howard, the Magic have a solid roster in place led by point guard Jameer Nelson. The team despite all the off-the court distractions last season made the playoffs, only to fall to Indiana in five games.