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Congrats Mick

Congrats Mick

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball director of operations Mick Hedgepeth has been named head men's basketball coach at Berry College, the school announced Monday.

Hedgepeth, 32, spent the last three seasons on Casey Alexander's staff, as the Bruins went 77-19 and won Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2020 and 2021.

This past season, Belmont went 25-8 and earned an invitation to the Postseason NIT.

"Mick is the finest example of what a coach should be; a true servant leader, a sharp basketball mind, and a person who will represent Berry well in every imaginable way."

Hedgepeth returned to Nashville after spending two seasons as head coach at the University of the South (Sewanee) from 2017 to 2019.

In his two seasons directing the Sewanee program, Hedgepeth led the Tigers to a 36-18 record and a trip to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Crossville, Alabama native began his coaching career at Williams (Mass.) College.

During his Belmont playing career, Hedgepeth was part of 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, before playing professionally for Araberri Baloncesto in Spain.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 15 of the last 17 seasons, including nine berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 20 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont has won 20 or more games in 12 consecutive seasons (Gonzaga, Kansas, Oregon). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 rankings 12 consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 19 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence