Pacers Introduce Nate McMillan as Head Coach

May 16, 2016 - On Monday afternoon, Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird introduced Nate McMillan as the team's new head coach. McMillan served as an associate head coach with the Pacers for three seasons prior to accepting the job to be head coach.

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Pacers Introduce Nate McMillan as Head Coach

May 16, 2016 - On Monday afternoon, Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird introduced Nate McMillan as the team's new head coach. McMillan served as an associate head coach with the Pacers for three seasons prior to accepting the job to be head coach.
May 16, 2016  |  28:42

McMillan: "I Love Our Young Talent"

May 16, 2016 - Pacers.com's Pat Boylan talks with new Pacers head coach Nate McMillan about how he envisions working in his new role and his excitement for the franchise's future.
May 16, 2016  |  04:54

Bird: "I Believe in Nate"

Larry Bird addresses the media during Monday's press conference.
May 16, 2016  |  00:42

Nate McMillan on Style of Play, Approach to Draft and Free Agency

May 16, 2016 - At his introductory press conference as the Pacers' new head coach on Monday afternoon, Nate McMillan discussed the fact that his style of play will be dependent on the makeup of the roster, and how that is altered through the draft and free agency. He also insisted that while there is a lot of "old school" in him, he can adequately adapt to the younger generation of players.
May 16, 2016  |  02:55

Nate McMillan: "I'm Totally Committed to Improving This Team"

May 16, 2016 - At his introductory press conference as the Pacers' new head coach on Monday afternoon, Nate McMillan discussed what he's learned since his time coaching in Portland, particularly from his experience with Team USA, such as the importance of being able to adapt, and how this situation was the right opportunity for him.
May 16, 2016  |  02:56

McMillan on Importance of Communication, Learning from Vogel and Coach K

May 16, 2016 - At his introductory press conference as the Pacers' new head coach on Monday afternoon, Nate McMillan discussed the experience he gained from previous stints in Portland and Seattle, the importance of proper communication within a team, the benefits of coaching under Frank Vogel and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, and the necessity of being able to adapt moving forward in his new position.
May 16, 2016  |  03:17

McMillan On Experience, Adapting to Change

Nate McMillan talks to the media about his coaching experience and Adapting to today's NBA.
May 16, 2016  |  02:08

McMillan's Opening Statement

New Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan delivers his opening statement.
May 16, 2016  |  00:41

Pacers Name Nate McMillan Head Coach

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have named Nate McMillan as their head coach. Per club policy terms of the contract were not released.

McMillan has spent the last three seasons as Associate Head Coach for the Pacers under Frank Vogel.

"I truly believe Nate is the right coach for us at this time," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "When I heard he was interested, I got in touch with him, met with him and in our conversation I came away with all the confidence in the world in Nate to lead our franchise to where we want to go. His experience as a player, head coach and assistant coach in the NBA are valuable assets for us."

"I want to thank Larry, Herb Simon and the Pacers for this opportunity, which is a great opportunity," said McMillan. "I've been around this franchise three years and understand what the expectations are and look forward to working hard to try to meet them. We have a good team and good base to build from. I'm very anxious to get started."

The 51-year-old (8/3/64) McMillan has a vast basketball background as a player and a coach. After playing collegiately at North Carolina State, McMillan was drafted by Seattle (30th overall) in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played his entire 12-year career with the Sonics and had his number (10) retired. He is second in franchise history in assists and steals and ranks in the top 10 in eight other categories. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive team twice (1994 and '95) and led the league in steals in the 94-95 season with 2.96 per game.

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After his playing days, McMillan was a Seattle assistant coach for two years and became the interim coach in 2000. He remained the Sonics' coach until 2005 and then became Portland's head coach until he was let go in March, 2012. In 2008-09, he led the Trail Blazers to a 54-28 record, the sixth-best record in franchise history. McMillan compiled a 478-452 (.514) record as a head coach for both teams. He also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team where he won gold medals in the 2006 FIBA World Championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. McMillan was also inducted into the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 after playing at Chowan College before transferring to North Carolina State.