Former Utah Jazz first-round pick Jacque Vaughn has been fired by the Orlando Magic after two and a half seasons as head coach, the franchise confirmed on their website Thursday.
In his two and a half seasons as head coach, Vaughn accumulated a record of 58-158 (.269 win pct.), including 15-37 this season. The Magic lost 10 games in a row prior to Vaughn’s dismissal.
“Jacque (Vaughn) has been a trusted friend and colleague," said Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan on the team’s website Thursday. "We thank him immensely for his contributions and sacrifices in bringing our team to this point, and we greatly appreciate his unwavering commitment to our organization. We have tremendous respect for Jacque and certainly wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career.”
The Magic confirmed that assistant coach James Borrego will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis.
After a successful college basketball career at the University of Kansas, Vaughn was the 27th overall pick by the Jazz in the 1997 NBA Draft. He spent four seasons in Utah, averaging 3.8 points per game. Vaughn played for five more franchises after leaving the Jazz, averaging 4.5 points and 2.5 assists in his 12-year playing career.
Vaughn became an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, one of the teams he played for in his career, which included being a member of the 2006-07 NBA title-winning squad after his retirement in 2010. Vaughn was mentored by Spurs coach Greg Popovich for two seasons before being hired by the Magic in 2012.
Xoel CÀrdenas, MA, is a writer with Deseret News: Sports. Xoel is also a columnist at SB Nation, the largest sports blog site in the country, where he covers FC Barcelona. Follow him on Twitter @XoelCardenas.