UW’s O.D. Vincent Speaks at BAR on Wednesday

Washington senior associate athletic director O.D. Vincent will feel right at home Wednesday night at Gold Mountain Golf Club when he speaks at Kitsap County’s Bremerton Athletic Roundtable dinner meeting, which starts with a 6 p.m. social hour.

Vincent is a former Washington golfer (1991 grad) and Husky golf coach (1995-2001) and has played professionally. He arrived at the UW in December, lured away from Duke, where he was the golf coach, by Washington athletic director Scott Woodward. It was viewed as an unconventional move because Vincent has not been an administrator at any of his previous stops.

Now he’s the No. 2 administrator in Husky athletics. You think your plate is full? Check out O.D.’s responsibilities.

Vincent oversees the day-to-day operations of the Huskies football program, as well as the tennis, rowing and swim teams. And there’s more. He’s also oversees marketing and sports information.

He’s only been on the job a little over a month, but he’ll give you some insight about the new football coaching staff and likely talk about Washington’s plans to renovate Husky Stadium. That’s becoming a hot topic. There’s a faction out there suggesting that the Huskies shouldn’t ask the state for money to fix Husky Stadium and that they should play all of their home games at Qwest Field. Check out Nick Daschel’s column in Buster Sports here.

And here’s a followup to that story.

Anyway, I think there’s a lot of interesting questions that people can throw Vincent’s way on Wednesday night. Ask him about Woodward, the new AD.

Ask him about Andrew Guiliani, the son of former New York City major Rudy. Guiliani, the son, sued Duke and Vincent last year after Guiliani was kicked off the team. Duke defended Vincent and filed to have the suit dismissed.

Ask him about Troy Kelly. Vincent was the Husky golf coach who recruited Kelly, the Central Kitsap grad who placed second at the NCAA Championships as a freshman and is now a PGA Tour rookie.

Ask him about his wife? He’s married to the former UW All-America swimmer Jana Ellis, whose father, Earl, was a UW swim coach.

Ask him about his father. Orrin Vincent, is the founder of OB Sports. His company built Trophy Lake Golf & Casting in Port Orchard and Washington National in Auburn.

I’m sure you’ve got your own questions. Stop by Gold Mountain Wednesday night. If you’re not a member, it doesn’t matter. You’re welcome. Dinner’s $25 ($20 for members) and the KCBAR pours all of the money it makes back into the community, supporting youth and amateur athletics.

In fact, local scholar athletes from two area high schools — South Kitsap and North Mason — will be recognized on Wednesday.

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