INDIANAPOLIS — Saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, George Irvine announced his resignation Tuesday as basketball coach of the Indiana Pacers to assume the role of director of player personnel for the National Basketball Assn. team.
"The reason I'm leaving coaching is basically a personal one," Irvine told a news conference at Market Square Arena. "I want to spend more time with my family. My children are of an age that I want to be with them."
Irvine, 38, said he put himself up for the job as director of player personnel when he discussed possible candidates for the position with General Manager Donnie Walsh, his former assistant coach.
"When I realized what he was looking for, the kind of people he was talking about and the role of responsibility within that job, I asked him if he would consider me for the job," he said.