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East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The New Jersey Monday picked up the contract option on head coach Lawrence Frank. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 33-year-old Frank took over for Byron Scott, who was fired in January, and guided the to the Atlantic Division title. New Jersey fell in seven games to the eventual NBA champion Detroit in seven games in the conference semifinals.

Under the leadership of Frank, the went 25-15 during the regular season.

Frank set a record for major professional sports in North America by starting his coaching career 13-0 after he replaced Scott on January 26. Frank, who joined Scott's coaching staff during the 2000-01 season, was in the midst of his fourth year as a New Jersey assistant coach when he was appointed as the team's new general.

"Lawrence did an excellent job under very difficult circumstances," said CEO Rod Thorn. "The team responded very well to his coaching."

Before landing a assistant job with the , Frank spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Vancouver under Brian Hill. His major responsibilities included scouting upcoming opponents as well as handling practice and bench coaching duties.

Prior to joining Vancouver, Frank served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee. Frank, a 1992 graduate from Indiana University, gained

his basketball

knowledge while working as a manager for the Hoosier basketball team that was led by legendary head coach Bob Knight.

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