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Jacque Vaughn Leaves Spurs to Return to Orlando Magic as Coach

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July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Jacque Vaughn, who played for the Orlando Magic a decade ago, is returning to the National Basketball Association team as head coach, General Manager Rob Hennigan said.

Vaughn, 37, becomes the Magic’s 10th head coach after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. He played on the Spurs’ 2006-07 NBA championship team.

Vaughn replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was fired along with former General Manager Otis Smith in May after the Magic lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

“We are confident that his diligence, attention to detail and communication style will help establish the bedrock of our culture moving forward,” Hennigan said in a statement on the team’s website. “His commitment and passion to building a sustainable program will help steer our organization for years to come.”

During Vaughn’s two seasons on San Antonio’s staff, the Spurs compiled a regular season record of 111-37.

Vaughn was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft. In a 12-year career he averaged 4.5 points a game in 776 regular season outings, including stints with the Spurs and Magic as well as the Atlanta Hawks and New Jersey Nets.

Vaughn played 80 games with the Magic during the 2002-03 season, averaging 5.9 points and 1.5 rebounds.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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