College - Michigan State

New to the Mavericks bench this season is Sam Vincent. Vincent, who played seven years in the NBA, comes to Dallas after serving as the head coach of the NBDL’s Fort Worth Flyers.

Last season, he guided the Flyers to a league-best 28-20 record and advanced to the championship game. Over the summer, he was an assistant coach with Dallas during the Toshiba Vegas Summer League and the Rocky Mountain Revue and was the head coach of the Nigerian National Team during the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

A native of Lansing, Mich., he attended Michigan State University where he averaged 16.8 points per game for the Spartans and earned several awards, including team MVP honors in 1983-1985 and The Sporting News All-America honors in 1985. He ranks sixth in career scoring, ninth in career assists and third in career steals.

Vincent was selected by the Celtics in the first round (20th overall) in the 1985 NBA Draft. As a pro, he averaged 7.8 points per game and 3.9 assists per game with Boston (1985-86 and 1986-87), Seattle (1987-88), Chicago (1987-88 and 1988-89) and Orlando (1989-90 to 1991-92).

After his playing career, Vincent worked for one year as a special adviser to vice president Reggie Williams at Disney's Wide World of Sports, where he recruited major sporting events for the Orlando marketplace. In 1996, Vincent was hired as head coach of the Cape Town Kings in South Africa, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization, including business administration, sponsorship sales, marketing and communications.

After three seasons with Cape Town, he was then named head coach for both the Men's and Women's South African Senior National Teams. In 1999-2000, Vincent coached in the Greek A-2 Men's Basketball League in Larissa, Greece, and was the head coach of Canoe Jeans in Den Bosch, Netherlands, in the A1 Dutch League.

Vincent then accepted the job to coach the Nigerian women's National Team. In December 2003, he captured the first FIBA Africa Championship for Nigerian women obtaining a berth for the 2002 Athens Olympics. The Nigerian women finished 11th by beating South Korea for the country's first ever victory at the Olympics. He also coached the Nigerian men's team during the 2005 FIBA Africa championship and captured the bronze medal.