Bryant Vincent, who has served as the quarterbacks coach at South Alabama the past three seasons, has been named the offensive coordinator at UAB.
Jaguar quarterbacks had a record-breaking season in 2013 under Vincent. Senior Ross Metheny earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors as he ranked second in the league in pass efficiency and third in average yards per game. Metheny finished the season hitting 201-of-324 of his passes for 62 percent passes, totaling 2,622 yards The Jaguars also set school records for passing yards (3,033) and passing yards per game (252.8).
In 2012, Vincent's first as the USA quarterbacks coach, Metheny set school season marks in four different statistical categories after completing 189-of-345 attempts for 2,148 yards and 12 scores while ranking in the top 10 in the Sun Belt Conference in passing and total offense. At the end of the season, Jag quarterbacks combined to set new school season records in completions (244), attempts (449), yards passing (2,728) and passing yards per game (209.8).
In his first season with the Jaguars, Vincent worked primarily with tight ends and his efforts helped Kevin Helms become the first player at the position in the program to finish with a double-figure reception total after he collected 14 catches for 216 yards; both totals were among the top five on the squad overall.
Individually on special teams, several Jaguars ranked among the national leaders at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision including Scott Garber (17th in punting), Jordan Means (tied for 18th in field goals per game and 69th in scoring) and Jeremé Jones (27th in kick returns), while as a team USA was eighth in the country after averaging nearly 24 yards per kickoff return.
Prior to going to South Alabama, Vincent was a high school head coach the previous five years, including four at Spanish Fort High School. In addition to leading the Toros to the state 5A championship in the fall of 2010, he was twice named the Baldwin County Coach of the Year following the 2008 and '10 campaigns.
In his second year guiding the program, SFHS finished 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs before falling to the eventual winner. A season later, the Toros advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs -- where they dropped a 29-28 decision to the ultimate champion -- on the way to an 11-3 finish before claiming the state title his last season; SFHS ended 2010 with a 13-2 mark.
In his first season as a head coach, Vincent led Greenville (Ala.) High to a 10-3 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs in 2006 one year after the Tigers finished 1-9. For his efforts, he was selected the 5A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
In five years as a head coach, he compiled a 49-16 (75.4 percent) overall mark -- going 12-3 (80 percent) in the postseason -- which included a 39-13 (75 percent) record at Spanish Fort High; the Toros finished 0-10 the year prior to Vincent's arrival.
Vincent, a native of Glasgow, Ky., is a 1998 graduate of West Alabama, where he earned a degree in physical education. He got his start in the coaching profession as a student assistant at West Alabama in the fall of 1996, going on to coach UWA's wide receivers the following season.
Vincent, who added a master's degree from Troy in 2001, and his wife Holli have two sons, Brady (16) and Bret (7).