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Sam VINCENT (USA)
Sam Vincent (USA), Head coach of Nigeria at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games
Sam VINCENT

Nationality:
American
Date of Birth: 18/05/1963
Place of birth: Lansing (Michigan, USA)
Club Team 2005-06: FORT WORTH FLYERS (USA, NBA D-LEAGUE)
Career: Cape Town Kings (South Africa-PBL, 1996-99), Larissa (Greece-A2, 1999-00), Canoe Jeans Den Bosch (Netherlands-FEB, 2000-01), Mobile Revelers (USA-NBDL, 2001-03), Fort Worth Flyers (USA-NBA D-League, 2005-06)
International career: Head coach - South Africa National Team (2003), Head coach - Nigeria Women National Team (2003), Nigeria Women Olympic National Team (2004), Head coach - Nigeria National Team (2005-06)

When Sam Vincent, a former star at Michigan State University, took the coaching job of the South African National Team, nobody believed he could succeed in the "Wild World" of African basketball.

After three years of experience as a GM-coach in Cape Town, where he was living with his native South African wife, Vincent pulled off a real miracle by beating Senegal in 2003 - South Africa's first-ever victory at an African Championship.

Vincent then accepted the job to coach the Nigerian women's National Team. And in December 2003, he captured the first FIBA Africa Championship for Nigerian women in Maputo, Mozambique, against the host team, obtaining a berth for the Athens Olympics. The Nigerian women finished 11th by beating South Korea for the country's first ever victory at the Olympics.

Vincent then took over the Nigerian men's team for the 2005 FIBA Africa championship and captured the bronze medal to qualify for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. At 43, the seven-year NBA veteran Vincent (who played for Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Orlando between 1985 and 1992) is considered almost a "magician" in Africa. In order to prepare for Japan, he took his best player and a top prospect (Udoka and Azubuike) along with him this season to the Fort Worth Flyers in the NBA Developmental League.