MURFREESBORO – Chowan University unveiled its new head men's basketball coach on Wednesday at a press conference held on campus. Brett Vincent will take over the Hawks program effectively immediately. He becomes the fourth head coach in the four-year Division II history of the program. Vincent
Vincent, a native of Shinnston, West Virginia, comes to Chowan after spending eight seasons with the Fairmont State University men's basketball program. He served six seasons as an assistant coach, two as the associate head coach, and spent the 2011-2012 season as the interim head coach. He led the Fighting Falcons to an 8-19 record this past season as the interim head coach.
“We were ready to make a change and Chowan is a good community with good people,” Vincent said speaking of his family. “I am glad to be here and have the opportunity to play in the CIAA. It's a great league and very competitive”
Prior to his stint at Fairmont State, Vincent spent three seasons as head coach at Lewis County High School. In 2003, he led Lewis County to the section championship and an appearance in the regional final. Lewis County posted its first winning season in 17 years and received its first top-10 state ranking in 19 years that season. The Minutemen also picked up postseason wins in each of his three seasons.
Vincent complied a 92-49 record as the head basketball coach at Alderson-Broaddus from 1996-2001. He took over in 1996 at the age of 28, and as one of the youngest head coaches in the NCAA, promptly led A-B to 20 wins in three of his five seasons. The Battlers led the WVIAC in points per game in 1998, and were fifth in the country in defensive field goal percentage in 2000. His teams advanced to the WVIAC tournament semifinals twice and to the championship game once.
Vincent played college basketball at three Division I schools: West Virginia University, Robert Morris and Marshall University, and was a starter at all three schools. As a freshman at WVU, the Mountaineers advanced to the NCAA Tournament. As a sophomore, West Virginia was 8-1 with him starting at point guard and he was named to the All-East Academic team as the Mountaineers advanced to the NIT. Vincent then moved on to Robert Morris where he spent two seasons with the Colonials, the first of which he sat out due to transfer rules. As a junior, Vincent helped lead RMU to its second straight Northeast Conference title and NCAA Tournament where the Colonials took on Kansas. As a senior at Marshall, he led the team in assists and still is the school's leader in career 3-point field goal percentage (43 percent).
He received his bachelor's degree in sports management in 1991 from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. He received his master's degree in education from Salem-Teikyo University in 2000.
He is married to the former Andrea Gum. The two have one son, Cole.