Orlando Magic fire head coach Jacque Vaughn

February 6, 2015

Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan announced that the team has relieved Jacque Vaughn from his head coaching duties.  James Borrego was named interim head coach.

"Jacque (Vaughn) has been a trusted friend and colleague," said Hennigan. "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."

Vaughn, mentored within the Gregg Popovich coaching tree, was named head coach on July 27, 2012. He became the tenth head coach in franchise history and was the second youngest coach in the NBA at the time of his hiring. During his two-plus seasons in Orlando, Vaughn compiled a record of 58-158 (.269 win pct.), including 15-37 this season.

Prior to joining the Magic, Vaughn spent two seasons (2010-12) as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. During his two seasons on San Antonio’s staff, the Spurs compiled a regular season record of 111-37. He was also a member of the 2006-07 Spurs’ NBA Championship team as a player. Vaughn is from Pasadena, California.

"I would like to thank Mr. DeVos and family for the opportunity of representing the Orlando Magic as head coach," said Vaughn in a statement.  "I am a stronger and wiser man and coach because of the opportunity.  I look forward to seeing this group continue to grow."

Vaughn had little chance of producing a playoff contender in Orlando, as the Magic's roster consisted primarily of young players still developing their games.  Such rosters rarely win in the NBA.

Borrego is in his third season with the Magic. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with New Orleans. Prior to joining New Orleans, Borrego spent seven seasons with the San Antonio Spurs from 2003-10. He started as an assistant video coordinator in the summer of 2003 and finished his tenure as an assistant coach. During those seasons, Borrego was a part of two NBA Championships teams in 2005 and 2007.

During the summer of 2013, Borrego served as head coach for the Magic’s summer league team. He also coached the New Orleans summer league team in 2012.

Borrego began his coaching career at the University of San Diego, where he was an assistant coach for two seasons from 2001-03. During the 2002-03 campaign, San Diego captured the West Coast Conference Championship and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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