By Satuk Bugra Kutlugun
ANKARA (AA) - The Los Angeles Lakers announced late Monday that the team has hired Frank Vogel as head coach.
General Manager Rob Pelinka said the team has signed Vogel to a multi-year contract.
"We are excited to add Frank Vogel as the next head coach of the Lakers," said Pelinka, according to a statement posted on the team's official website.
"Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA Playoffs, and he reflects the core qualities we were looking for in a head coach – including, detailed game preparation, extreme hard work, and holding players accountable to the highest basketball standards," he added.
The 45-year-old will be the 27th head coach in franchise history and will be the 23rd in Los Angeles era.
Vogel's win/loss record is 304-291 (51.1%) in 595 games, during his tenures with Indiana Pacers (2010-16) and Orlando Magic (2016-18).
Los Angeles Lakers parted ways with former head coach Luke Walton after the end of the 2018/2019 regular season, allowing him to sign a contract with the Sacramento Kings.
- Cavaliers announce John Beilein as new head coach
The Cleveland Cavaliers also announced personnel changes as they hired University of Michigan's Head Coach John Beilein to five-year contract.
The announcement was made by Cavs' General Manager Koby Altman, who said: "We conducted a deep and thorough search to find the best possible candidate for the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. We interviewed several strong and talented candidates who, no doubt, will get an opportunity to become an NBA head coach somewhere down the line," according to the team's official website.
Beilein has compiled a career record of 829-468 (63.9%) as a collegiate head coach.
The Cavaliers spent the last season under head coach Larry Drew and managed to win only 19 games out of 82.