Dick Versace was named Thursday as coach of the Indiana Pacers, the second-worst team in the NBA.
Versace, who was in his third season as a Detroit Piston assistant, coached at Bradley University for eight seasons. His final Braves team went 32-3 and he amassed a career record of 156-88. Bradley reached the NCAA and NIT tournaments twice each under Versace, taking the NIT title in 1982.Versace will be the third coach for the Pacers this season. Jack Ramsay, the second winningest coach in league history, resigned after the team started the season 0-9.
George Irvine, Indiana's director of player personnel and a former Pacer coach, filled in as interim coach. He led the Pacers to a 6-14 mark, including Wednesday's 116-113 win over the Atlanta Hawks.