Bobcats name Vincent head coach
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats hired Sam Vincent as
their new head coach on Friday.
The 44-year old Vincent — a former Dallas Mavericks assistant — will succeed
Bernie Bickerstaff, who coached the Bobcats in their first three seasons and
remains the club’s general manager.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Sam into our organization as our next
head coach,” Bobcats owner Bob Johnson said. “He is one of the top, young
coaching prospects in the NBA and we feel he is the perfect complement for our
Most of Vincent’s coaching experience is on the international front. He got
his start in coaching in South Africa, overseeing a pro team in Cape Town.
Vincent has also coached teams in Greece and the Netherlands, but is best
known for piloting the Nigerian national men’s team to a stunning upset over
world power Serbia & Montenegro at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
Vincent has only been an NBA assistant for one season, but did coach the Fort
Worth Flyers in the NBA’s developmental league to the championship round
before his stint in Dallas.
“We are very happy for Sam,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “His
background as an NBA player and assistant coach, his experience as a coach in
international competition and his success as a head coach in the NBA
Development League will serve him well as he becomes the first D-Leaguer to
become a head coach in the NBA.”
A former point guard, Vincent played seven NBA seasons and was a teammate of
Bobcats’ managing partner Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls. He also
played for Bickerstaff with the Seattle SuperSonics.
“I was fortunate to play for some great coaches and with some legendary
players during my NBA career,” said Vincent. “K.C. Jones and Phil Jackson each
made an immediate impact on my career, as did Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and
Magic Johnson. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to use the knowledge
they have passed on to me and continue with the momentum that Bernie
Bickerstaff and this organization have established over the first three
seasons here in Charlotte.”