Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Orlando Magic fire head coach Frank Vogel after just two seasons

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 11:03 AM

  • Photo via Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports
It seems as though Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel – who compiled a 54-110 record during his two-season tenure and a 25-57 finish during the 2017-2018 campaign – has been shown the door.

The Magic opened the season with a bang, with an 8-4 record. But those numbers would quickly fade, as the team's schedule toughened and injuries continued to collect throughout the roster. From Nov. 11 to Jan. 12, the team racked up a depressing 4-27 record. By then, the playoffs were officially off the table with months left to go in the season.

Vogel’s firing was announced this morning at 8:47 a.m.

“We would like to thank Frank for his contributions to the Orlando Magic,” Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman says in a statement. “We appreciate the sacrifices he made as a head coach and certainly wish him and his family well going forward.”

Vogel is only the latest head coach to get canned by the Magic over the previous four seasons. Before him, there was Scott Skiles, interim coach James Borrego and Jacque Vaughn.
Also heading for greener pastures will be lead assistant coach Chad Forcier and assistant coaches Corliss Williamson and Jay Hernandez, all of whom were dismissed around the same time as Vogel.

It’s currently unclear who will replace Vogel, though speculation has already begun to swirl across the sports-speak world.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.  

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation