Vincent resigns, search begins for replacement head coach


The Appalachian Online

Cory Spiers

Darcie Vincent resigned from her position as head coach of the Mountaineers women’s basketball team Sept. 5.

“I thank the University and the Appalachian State family for the great experience I’ve had here,” Coach Vincent said in a statement from App State athletics. “I wish the young women the best in the upcoming season.”

Last season, the Mountaineers went 13-16 overall, but compiled a winning record (10-8) in the Southern Conference and took care of business at home, going 7-4 at Holmes Convocation Center.

Spending six seasons in Boone, Vincent compiled a 117-75 record and was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, leading the Mountaineers to the regular season conference title in both years. Her tenure also included four straight 20-win seasons from 2009 to 2013.

Vincent graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she earned respect as a player, being named All-Atlantic 10 three times and collected Kodak All-District honors.

Before her success at App State, Vincent established her name as a coach, leading the California University of Pennsylvania to a national title in 2004, while becoming a four-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

The Mountaineers are scheduled to open up their season with an exhibition against Lees-McRae on Nov. 8 at Holmes Convocation Center before beginning their regular season with a trip to Kentucky on Nov. 14.

According to the App State press release, an interim coach will be named as soon as possible, and the national search for a permanent replacement has begun immediately.

“I wish Coach Vincent the best in her future endeavors,” Appalachian interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said in a statement from App State athletics. “Our full focus at this point is on the student-athletes in our women’s basketball program and giving them the best opportunity to continue to succeed on and off the court this season and beyond.”

Story: Jenn Zeleski, Intern Sports Reporter