Darcie Vincent, former head coach at Appalachian State, has been named associate head coach for Western Carolina’s women’s basketball team.
Heather Kearney, who was recently hired as WCU’s head coach, played for Vincent at Slippery Rock and was associate head coach under her at California (Pa.) and ASU.
“I couldn’t be more proud and excited to reunite with my college coach and coaching mentor, Darcie Vincent,” Kearney said. “Her technical abilities are second only to her care and regard for mentoring young women. Every single student-athlete on our team will become better from being coached and guided by her, just as I was. Her experience of turning around programs and winning SoCon championships will enhance our staff tremendously.”
“I am honored and proud to be a part of the team at Western Carolina with Coach Kearney,” Vincent said. “The best part of any journey is the people you get to take that journey with, and the excitement circulating around WCU women’s basketball right now is because of just that. This journey with Coach Kearney is long overdue and to be back in the SoCon, well, this is going to be fun.”
Vincent spent six seasons, 2008-2014, as the head coach at Appalachian State. After inheriting a program that had managed just one winning season in 12 years, Vincent coached two teams to Southern Conference regular-season titles, had a pair of 25-plus win seasons and made three Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearances. Her record was 118-75, including 77-44 in the conference.
Prior to coming to ASU, Vincent led California (Pa.) to the 2004 Division II national championship. During her eight years there, in which Kearney was the associate head coach, Vincent’s teams went 212-47, including 35-1 in the national championship season.
Vincent was 52-54 in her four seasons at Slippery Rock with Kearney on the team.
She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Duquesne, then spent two seasons as an assistant at Slippery Rock before taking over the head coaching reins in 1996.
Vincent re-enters the collegiate coaching ranks after spending two seasons at North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School, first as the JV basketball coach and then becoming the first woman to coach a men’s varsity basketball team in Horry County.
Vincent earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing (1992) and a master’s in business administration (1994) from Duquesne, where she was named All-Atlantic 10 three times and averaged 14.2 carer points. She became the first female inducted into the Duquesne Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.