McMillan hires Jared Bartling to complete his first staff as Pacers head coach

Bartling was added to the Pacers' video department.

Bartling was added to the Pacers’ video department.

It was a Pacers offseason full of changes, beginning with Nate McMillan being promoted to head coach. As many as six new players will be on their opening day roster in three weeks. New assistant coach, player development coach, new international scout, new director of team security, new massage therapist, new video coordinator.

And now, rounding out McMillan’s first staff as Pacers head coach, is new assistant video coordinator Jared Bartling.

Bartling is a former Div. I athlete now with his first job in the NBA.

Bartling is a former Div. I athlete now with his first job in the NBA.

With that move, “Our staff is now completed,” McMillan said on Monday before heading to the airport for their first charter flight of the season.

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Replacing Jhared with Jared, as Bartling fills a spot that opened when Jhared Simpson was hired as Fort Wayne Mad Ants assistant coach.

Bartling, listed at 6-foot-8, 235 pounds three years ago ahead of his senior season, is a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He attended the University of South Dakota for three years and then transferred to Wayne State to conclude his college career. He averaged 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his senior season.

After graduation, Bartling, 25, interned for the D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce. He worked for the Utah Jazz during the 2015-16 season as a video intern.

Bartling, who was at practice on Monday, doesn’t have a connection to the Pacers or anyone on staff. He was made aware of the opening and it was his understanding that they were looking for a bigger guy who could bang in the post with the Pacers’ bigs.

The Pacers’ video department consists of Tim Dather, Ben Eblen, and Bartling.

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