Pacers hire Pete Philo as Director of International Scouting
The Pacers have made many changes this season, and more than just adding five new players. Larry Bird returned as president after a year hiatus, Donnie Walsh became a consultant and head coach Frank Vogel had to replace two assistant coaches.
The Pacers are now adding to their scouting department, team officials confirm. Pete Philo joins the team as Director of International Scouting. Philo, along with four other Minnesota scouts, were let go in early May — just a few days after Flip Saunders returned with the organization as president of basketball operations. Saunders replaced David Kahn, who worked in the Pacers front office from 1995-2004.
Philo played college ball at Manhattan College and the University of South Alabama. He then played professionally from 1996-2001, making stops Denmark, Lebanon, Poland, Croatia, Iceland and the United States. Philo is also the founder and president of TPG Sports Group, an events company. Philo has been instrumental in putting on the annual pre-draft EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy.
Up until four years ago, longtime scout Joe Ash was the team’s Director of Scouting. Ryan Carr, who was once a video intern with the team and returned as a scout in 2003 when Larry Bird became team president, then took over that role.
The Pacers scouting department consists of Carr, Philo, Jimmy Powell, Vance Catlin, Matt Doherty, Kevin Mackey, Carl Nicks and Aleksandar Pajovic.