Belmont Head Baseball Coach 1964-1965
Belmont Head Men’s Basketball Coach 1962-64, 1972-74
Year inducted: 1993
Ken Sidwell is arguably one of the most influential people in the history of Belmont Athletics. He was a man who wore many hats, serving as the head coach for basketball and baseball as well as being named the Dean of Students and becoming the first full-time director of athletics.
Sidwell came to Belmont in 1962 as the head men’s basketball coach and in just two years was able to take the team from relative obscurity to conference champions. After serving as the basketball coach he transitioned to baseball, becoming the first full-time coach the program had. But Sidwell was a big-picture guy and soon took over as the first athletic director and was able to get the university and community involved with the program. During his tenure, he helped Belmont move from the NAIA level to a Division I university. Sidwell would later serve as Director of Compliance before retiring in 2006. He remains one of Belmont's top supporters to this day.
While Larry Striplin is known as the Godfather of Belmont Basketball, likewise Ken Sidwell would have to be on the Mount Rushmore of Belmont Athletics.