Bice-Ferguson Memorial Museum in Shinnston, WV is hosting the town’s Don Vincent Day on Sunday, August 9, at noon. The museum is honored to have Vincent himself speak. There will also be a reception with a meet-and-greet.
“We had a board meeting deciding on our monthly programs and Don came to mind,“ said Bice-Ferguson Museum director, Braden Noon. “We contacted him in May and he was happy to participate. The board is excited and honored to have him.”
Vincent graduated from Shinnston High School, stayed in-state to play as a Mountaineer, and even after his impeccable basketball record continued giving in the state by coaching at Bridgeport High School and Victory High School in Clarksburg.
“Don has been a longtime resident and his kids even went to Lincoln,” said Noon. “He continued representing us by coaching in Harrison county after playing for WVU.”
Don Vincent was a part of West Virginia University’s Golden Era of Men’s basketball. Vincent played with other greats including Jerry West, “Hot” Rod Hundley, Joedy Gardner, Willie Akers, and Lloyd Sharrar.
During the 1958 Southern Conference Tournament, Vincent broke his leg while playing against the University of Richmond. WVU still won 81-70 and continued to win the title against William & Mary without Vincent. The team ended the season ranking No. 1 in the nation and a 26-1 record.
In his three-year career, Vincent made 780 points in free throws, 316 field goals, 379 rebounds and 135 assists.
“Don was an integral part of the most successful run in West Virginia basketball history. The United Press International used to give a trophy to teams and WVU got it that year,” said Noon. “Sports writers said that WVU was a lock for the championship if Don hadn’t broken his leg.”
Don and his wife Jean are now retired and he leaves his passion for basketball to his son, Brett, who is the head basketball coach at Chowan University in North Carolina.
You can hear all about the rest of Vincent’s life and the memories he has of The Golden Era team on Sunday at noon at the Bice-Ferguson Memorial Museum. The event is free for all ages and will have refreshments.
Editor’s Note: The articles main image is a newspaper clipping featuring veteran WVU basketball players (Left to Right) Lloyd Sharrar, Hot Rod Hundley, Don Vincent, Clayce Kishbaugh, and Joedy Gardner. The image was originally posted here.