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Welcome Home Mick Hedgepeth

Welcome Home Mick Hedgepeth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball head coach Casey Alexander announced Tuesday the hire of Mick Hedgepeth ('12) to the position of director of basketball operations.

One of the top post players in Belmont history, Hedgepeth returns to the Bruin program after spending the past two seasons as head coach at the University of the South (Sewanee).

"We're excited to welcome Mick back to Belmont," Alexander said. "I cannot think of anyone who better reflects the Belmont values and successes than Mick Hedgepeth: an all-conference player, a national student-athlete of the year, and someone who embraces his role as an ambassador for our university. Mick is an unbelievable addition to our staff, with proven head coaching credentials. He will make our program better right away."

In his two seasons directing the Sewanee program, Hedgepeth led the Tigers to a 36-18 record. This past season, Sewanee went 22-7 and won the Southern Athletic Association tournament title to earn the school's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Tigers ranked fifth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense.

In addition to time as a Sewanee assistant, Hedgepeth began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Williams College (MA), one of the most tradition-rich Division III programs in the nation.

During his Bruin playing career, Hedgepeth was an integral figure in 96 victories, three postseason appearances, three Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championships, two Atlantic Sun Conference tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2011 Wisconsin, 2012 Georgetown).

A two-time Second Team All-Atlantic Sun honoree and the 2011 Atlantic Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player, Hedgepeth ranks among program leaders in points (1,191), rebounds (692), blocked shots (78), field goal percentage (.540) and games played (134).

Off the court, Hedgepeth was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, and received postgraduate scholarships from the NCAA and the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA). Moreover, the 6-9 forward represented Belmont at the 2012 Final Four in New Orleans as one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.

Hedgepeth was named DI-AAA ADA men's basketball scholar-athlete of the year in 2011.

After graduating with honors in 2012, the Crossville, Alabama native played professionally for Araberri Baloncesto in Spain.

Hedgepeth joins Brian Ayers, Sean Rutigliano and Tyler Holloway on Alexander's staff.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs nine consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.