Vincent hired as new Greenville football coach, athletic director

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 28, 2006

Without a hint of reservation, the Butler County Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of former Spain Park High offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent to become Greenville High's new head football coach and athletic director during a special-called meeting on Tuesday.

Vincent, who will be the Tigers' third coach in less than a year, takes over for interim coach Mike Williams. Williams resigned and removed his name for consideration for the position two weeks ago when he was hired to become assistant head football coach at Division I-AA University of Tennessee-Martin.

&#8220I hope this town is ready for the things to come,” he told those attending the meeting Tuesday. &#8220We are going to put Greenville on the map. We will rebuild this program to where it needs to be.”

Vincent takes over a football program that has won just two games in the last two seasons and has not been to the playoffs in three years.

Vincent, 30, said that he hopes to be on campus fulltime by Feb. 6.

&#8220It's going to be tough between now and then. Š These kids need me,” he said. &#8220It's time to get down here and get to work.”

The first item of business for the Tiger football team will be to introduce the players to Vincent's weight-training regimen, which he patterned from Louisiana State University's football program. And then Vincent said that he is shooting for the start of spring practice around the last week of April.

&#8220Where we are right now with that is trying to find a spring game,” he said. &#8220Someone who will come to Greenville. I've already been on the phone trying to find (an opponent).”

Should Vincent find an opponent, he said that he's looking for a spring game to be played around the second or third week of May.

Last week Vincent said that he would like to see a majority of the current coaching staff stay on board, while he may recommend the hiring of some more coaches on his staff. Some of these coaches, like Matt Coughlan, are working with their third head coach in less than a year.

&#8220I think we are a lot better of than we were,” the Tigers defensive coordinator said. &#8220We've got plenty of time to get things moving in the right direction. We have a young guy who is obviously very motivated, and I think he'll be with us until we get this thing done where it's supposed to be.”

The support Vincent has been given starts right at the top of the ladder within the mayor's office of the city of Greenville.

&#8220I'm very impressed with the person, not necessilary the coach, but the person, and I think that's what you got to start with,” said Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon who attended Tuesday's reception for Vincent. &#8220His passion for the game is real strong, and I think we'll outcoach and outwork a lot of people this next fall.”