The Indiana Pacers announced on Thursday that coach Rick Carlisle and the franchise have reached a multiyear contract extension.
In Wednesday’s victory over the Washington Wizards, Carlisle earned his 897th career victory. He rejoined the Pacers in 2021 as a coach and is now firmly established as the team’s head coach as they rebuild around All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton.
Leading the Pacers in his second stint, Carlisle has assumed a major organizational leadership position with general manager Chad Buchanan and president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard.
“It goes without saying that Coach Carlisle is one of the most creative and successful coaches in the history of the league, so there was never a question that he continues to be the right person to lead our team,” Pritchard said in a statement. “His ties to this organization and community run deep, his guidance and leadership are invaluable to our players and staff, and we’re looking forward to working together for years to come as we build something special for our fans.”
After spending 13 seasons as a coach with the Dallas Mavericks, Carlisle, 63, returned to the Pacers. He had been with the team from 2003 to 2007. In addition to being the National Basketball Coaches Association’s lengthy president, he won an NBA title with Dallas in 2011.
To start the season, the Pacers defeated the Wizards 143–120 on Wednesday.