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Lindenwood-Belleville hires basketball coach away from NAIA power

Lindenwood University-Belleville announced Vincent Meninno as head men’s basketball coach. He previously led the Freed-Hardeman basketball team to a 101-30 record and three-straight NAIA National Tournaments.
Lindenwood University-Belleville announced Vincent Meninno as head men’s basketball coach. He previously led the Freed-Hardeman basketball team to a 101-30 record and three-straight NAIA National Tournaments.

The Lindenwood University-Belleville Athletic Department announced Monday that Vincent Meninno will be the Lynx men’s basketball coach.

Meninno is a Newbury, New Hampshire, native. He spent the last four years as an assistant coach at the private Freed-Hardeman University where he helped lead his team to three straight NAIA National Tournaments and a 101-30 record.

Lindenwood athletic director Ryan Kaiser said more than 170 applications were reviewed for the job.

“Vincent is a young professional in the basketball world who has tremendous upside potential, and we’re excited what he can bring to Lynx Nation,” Kaiser said in a news release. “We can’t wait for him to hit the ground running.”

Meninno is replacing Scott Spinner, who started the basketball program at Lindenwood-Belleville both as its first men’s basketball coach and the university’s athletic director in 2009. Spinner resigned as athletic director in January 2016 to focus his attention on the Lynx basketball program. Then, helping the Lynx off to an 11-3 start and an upset win over nationally-ranked William Woods, Spinner suddenly resigned as coach.

Curtin Wilkerson led the team until the end of the season on an interim basis.

Meninno received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Appalachian State University in 2010 and a master’s degree in sports management from East Tennessee State University in 2012.

“First off, I’m incredibly thankful to Lindenwood Belleville President Dr. Brett Barger, Director of Athletics Mr. Ryan Kaiser and the search committee for giving me this opportunity,” said Meninno. “I feel very blessed and I’m excited about the opportunity here at Lindenwood-Belleville. I’m ready to get started and get to work.”

While at Appalachian State, Meninno served for two years as an undergraduate manager for coaches Houston Fancher and Buzz Peterson. Then he moved on to ETSU for two years where he was a graduate assistant under head coach Murray Bartow. The team also went to the semifinals of the CIT and finished the year with a record of 24-12.

“I have strong Christian beliefs, and we’re going to be very structured and disciplined,” Meninno said. “We’re going to be dedicated to playing hard, smart and together on the court. Off the court, it’s about being the best people we can be in the community. I’m here to help the guys have the best college experience they can spiritually, socially, athletically and academically.”

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