Vinson MetcalfHead Men's Basketball Coach
Vinson Metcalf took the reins of the USAO men’s basketball program in May after nearly 15 seasons as an assistant for the Drovers.
Metcalf said he is more than happy to step into the shoes of long-time head coach Brisco McPherson, under whom he served for nearly a decade and a half. McPherson spent 22 seasons as the head coach.
Metcalf credits McPherson for preparing him to step into the high profile position by allowing him authority on the floor and guidance throughout his years at USAO.
With his history with the program, Metcalf doesn’t expect the transition to be challenging and describes his style of coaching as fast paced and full of action.
Metcalf has been instrumental in USAO’s rise to prominence both in the Sooner Athletic Conference and nationally as he helped the Drovers achieve back-to-back-to-back trips to the national tournament, highlighted by the university’s first-ever national championship in 2002 where the Drovers’ beat out Metcalf’s alma mater, Oklahoma Baptist.
With his help, the Drovers added three more national tournament appearances, including one just last season.
Metcalf’s tenure at USAO began in 1998, but after two years, he moved on for the assistant position at NCAA Division I Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. He returned to USAO in 2001.
Metcalf also was the assistant coach at Hill Junior College in the mid-90s.
He said he fell in love with coaching as a student assistant at Oklahoma Baptist University.
As standout high school player in his native Louisiana, Metcalf graduated from Airline High School, where he was a three-year starter and received All-City, All-Area and All-District honors.
Metcalf began his collegiate playing career at Hill Junior College in Hillboro, Texas, where he was a two-time All-Conference selection.
After his two years at HJC, he briefly attended the University of Idaho before settling USAO’s conference rival, Oklahoma Baptist. At OBU, he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1990.
Metcalf then entered graduate school at the University of Tulsa, where he trained under coaching legends J.D. Barnett and Tubby Smith. He graduated with his master’s degree in athletic administration in 1991.
With the transition, Metcalf will step down as director of intramurals at USAO. Additionally, his class load will be reduced from 13 hours to six hours.
He lives in Moore with his wife, Katrina. The couple has a daughter, Toccura, and a granddaughter, Talea.
- M.A., University of Tulsa
- B.A., Physical Education, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1990