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Rick Byrd Day

Rick Byrd Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Nashville Mayor David Briley issued an official proclamation declaring Friday, April 5 Rick Byrd Day in Nashville.

To celebrate this special day, Belmont is encouraging fans, friends and admirers of Coach Byrd from around the country to wear a sweater vest Friday in honor of his iconic sideline uniform; the university also is encouraging fans to post well-wishes and selfies to social media using the hashtag #rickbyrdday.

Byrd, who officially announced his retirement Monday following a hall of fame coaching career, won 805 games and led Belmont to national prominence in NCAA Division I and NAIA. Beyond the on-court success, Belmont enjoyed unparalleled success academically, leading the nation with 17 Academic All-America selections since 2001 and 18 consecutive years of a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Moreover, his example of integrity, humility, service, loyalty and excellence embodied the Belmont University ideal.

Official 'Rick Byrd Day' Proclamation from the office of Nashville Mayor David Briley