Vincents Named Father & Son Greats
In July, current head men's basketball coach, Brett Vincent, and his father Don were honored as Father & Son Greats in West Virginia.
Coach Vincent started his collegiate playing career at West Virginia University, where he played two seasons. Brett would appear in 40 games recording 125 points and knocking down 27 three-pointers. Vincent would continue his playing career at Robert Morris after sitting out a transfer season. With the Colonials, Vincent appeared in 30 games scoring 188 points, 33 three-pointers and dishing out 71 assists. Marshall would be the final stop for Vincent in his collegiate career. With the Thundering Herd, Vincent was a sharpshooter during his senior season knocking down 65 three-pointers with 94 assists and 301 points in 28 games. Brett's 43.6% shooting from deep remains the career record at Marshall. Vincent would lead two teams to the NCAA Tournament and won the Northeast Conference Championship with Robert Morris.
In high school, Brett was the Most Valuable Player of the West Virginia North/South All-Star Classic, three-time West Virginia All-State selection, West Virginia (Touchdown Club) Player of the Year, and ranked first in West Virginia, fourth nationally, at 35.9 points per game.
Vincent's coaching career started at Alderson-Broaddus at the age of 28 in 1996. During his five year stint with A-B, Vincent compiled a record of 92-49. Brett would also coach at Lewis County High School before moving to Fairmont State as an assistant before being named interim head coach. Brett came to Chowan in 2012, where he has posted a winning season three of his six seasons including a program best 19 and 18 wins in 15-16 and 16-17 seasons.
Brett's father, Don Vincent, played his collegiate career at West Virginia. Don led the Mountaineers to three Southern Conference Championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances, and a number one national ranking in 1957-58. Vincent played collegiate with NBA great Jerry West and "Hot Rod" Hundley. During his playing career, Don would amass 774 points, 374 rebounds, and 137 assists. Vincent was most notable for helping the Mountaineers secure wins against No. 5 Kentucky and defending national champion No. 1 North Carolina to earn Most Valuable Player at the Kentucky Invitational Tournament during the 1957-58 season.
Don would be drafted by the Pittsburgh Pipers, former American Basketball Association (ABA) charter franchise. In 2016, Don was inducted into the West Virginia University Hall of Fame. Vincent would become a high school head coach and was an assistant coach collegiately.