Complete List Of Indiana Pacers Head Coaches In Order

List Of Indiana Pacers Head Coaches In Order

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The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Established in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), they joined the NBA in 1976 following the ABA-NBA merger. Throughout their history, the Pacers have been known for their strong team culture and competitive spirit, reaching the NBA Finals in 2000 and winning three ABA championships in 1970, 1972, and 1973. The following is a comprehensive list of their head coaches:

  1. Larry Staverman (1967-1968): Born in 1936 in Villa Hills, Kentucky. He played for the Cincinnati Royals (1958–1959, 1960–1964).
  2. Bobby Leonard (1968-1980): A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, born in 1932. Leonard played for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (1956–1961) and the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (1961–1962). He later coached the Chicago Zephyrs (1962-1963).
  3. Jack McKinney (1980-1984): McKinney was born in 1935 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He also coached the Los Angeles Lakers (1979) and the Kansas City Kings (1984-1985).
  4. George Irvine (1984-1986): Born in 1948 in Seattle, Washington, Irvine had a playing career from 1970-1975 with the Virginia Squires and Denver Nuggets. He later coached the Detroit Pistons (2000-2001).
  5. Jack Ramsay (1986-1988): Ramsay, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was born in 1925. He also served as head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers (1968-1972), Buffalo Braves (1972-1976), and Portland Trail Blazers (1976-1986).
  6. Dick Versace (1988-1990): Born in 1940 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Versace also served as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons (1994-1996).
  7. Bob Hill (1990-1993): Hill, born in 1948 in San Diego, California, also coached the New York Knicks (1986-1987), San Antonio Spurs (1994-1996), and Seattle SuperSonics (2005-2007).
  8. Larry Brown (1993-1997): Brown, a native of Brooklyn, New York, was born in 1940. He had a playing career from 1967-1972 with various ABA teams. Brown also served as head coach for several teams, including the Denver Nuggets (1974-1979), New Jersey Nets (1981-1983), San Antonio Spurs (1988-1992), Philadelphia 76ers (1997-2003), Detroit Pistons (2003-2005), New York Knicks (2005-2006), and Charlotte Bobcats (2008-2010).
  9. Larry Bird (1997-2000): Bird, a native of West Baden Springs, Indiana, was born in 1956. He played for the Boston Celtics (1979-1992). He later coached the Pacers again from 2003-2006.
  10. Isiah Thomas (2000-2003): Born in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, Thomas played for the Detroit Pistons (1981-1994). He also served as head coach for the New York Knicks (2006-2008).
  11. Rick Carlisle (2003-2007): Born in 1959 in Ogdensburg, New York, Carlisle played for the Boston Celtics (1984-1987) and New York Knicks (1987-1988). He later coached the Detroit Pistons (2001-2003) and Dallas Mavericks (2008-2021).
  12. Jim O’Brien (2007-2011): O’Brien, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was born in 1952. He also coached the Boston Celtics (2000-2004) and Philadelphia 76ers (2004-2005).
  13. Frank Vogel (2011-2016): Vogel was born in 1973 in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. He also served as head coach for the Orlando Magic (2016-2018) and Los Angeles Lakers (2019-present).
  14. Nate McMillan (2016-2020): McMillan, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, was born in 1964. He played for the Seattle SuperSonics (1986-1998). McMillan also coached the Seattle SuperSonics (2000-2005) and Portland Trail Blazers (2005-2012).
  15. Nate Bjorkgren (2020-2021): Born in 1974 in Storm Lake, Iowa.
  16. Rick Carlisle (2022-present): See above

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