Learn more and watch Interviews with new Sewanee coaches Travis Rundle (ftbl), Mick Hedgepeth (mbb), and Tracey Braden (wbb)

Learn more and watch Interviews with new Sewanee coaches Travis Rundle (ftbl), Mick Hedgepeth (mbb), and Tracey Braden (wbb)

Travis Rundle - Football

University of the South Athletic Director Mark Webb has announced that Travis Rundle has been named the 31st head football coach in Sewanee's storied history.

"My family and I would like to thank University of the South Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and Mark Webb for this opportunity," said Rundle. "We are honored to be a part of Sewanee with its strong academic reputation and historically rich football program."

Rundle comes to Sewanee after serving as the defensive coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach for the past six seasons at NCAA Division III institution Illinois Wesleyan University.

"Travis was selected from a truly outstanding pool of finalists to become our next head football coach," said Webb. "In addition to his highly successful coaching experience at Illinois Wesleyan, he distinguished himself with his clear vision for our program and his abiding commitment to Division III athletics. We look forward to the great things he will accomplish leading the Tigers."

During Rundle's tenure, Illinois Wesleyan was among the nation's best in scoring, rushing, passing, and total defense. Last season, the Titans ranked 35th or better nationally in eight defensive categories. That included being the top-ranked program in total defense and fourth-down defense in 2016.

In 2015, Rundle helped guide the Titans to top-33 rankings in 10 national statistical categories. Under Rundle's leadership, two Illinois Wesleyan student-athletes earned AFCA First-Team All-American honors at defensive end while one Titan earned AFCA Third-Team All-American accolades at cornerback.

As a team, Illinois Wesleyan earned NCAA playoff bids in 2011 and 2013 while 26 defensive players earned All-CCIW awards.

Prior to his time at Wesleyan, Rundle served as a defensive coach at Penn State University from 2004-2010. 

No stranger to Division III, Rundle graduated in 2002 from Albion College (Mich.), where he was a four-year letterman and a member of three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship teams. An All-MIAA quarterback for two seasons, Rundle set a number of single season passing records that still stand, including records for completions and attempts.

After graduating, he remained at Albion as an assistant coach for a season, helping with the linebackers and with recruiting, before becoming an assistant at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

Rundle and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of two sons (Tyler and Grant) and a daughter (Rachel).

Mick Hedgepeth - Men's Basketball

University of the South Athletic Director Mark Webb has announced that Michael "Mick" Hedgepeth has been named the 23rd head men's basketball coach in Sewanee's storied history.

"Coach Hedgepeth came to Sewanee as an assistant coach a year ago with invaluable experiences from two superior basketball programs: first as a standout player at Belmont University and later as an assistant coach at Williams College. During his brief tenure at Sewanee, Coach Hedgepeth has shown that he has the leadership skills, the work ethic, and the recruiting skills to become Sewanee's next head men's basketball coach. Moreover, as our coaching search crystallized, his strength as a head coaching candidate became readily apparent."

Hedgepeth served as an assistant coach for the Tigers during the 2016-17 season. Sewanee finished with a 15-12 record while seniors Jorden Williams and Brody Stone were named to the All-SAA First Team.

"It is hard to put into words how excited, humbled, and honored I am to accept the head men's basketball coaching position," said Hedgepeth. "Continuing Sewanee's renowned academic reputation and rich athletic tradition, it is a true joy to be around student-athletes who strive for excellence in every area of their lives. Together, our staff and players will represent the University and embrace its mission with class, enthusiasm, and pride. I am grateful to Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and Mark Webb for their support. This is an incredible opportunity, and I look forward to continue building on the success of the program for years to come."

Hedgepeth came to the Domain from NCAA Division III power Williams. At Williams, Hedgepeth was involved in every aspect of the program from coaching, to opponent scouting, and recruiting.

A four-year letterman at NCAA Division I mid-major power Belmont, Hedgepeth finished with 1,191 career points, hitting 54 percent of his shots. Additionally, Hedgepeth finished his career with 691 rebounds and 78 blocked shots.

In 2011, Hedgepeth was named the Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) Tournament MVP. The two-time A-Sun honoree led the Bruins to two straight conference titles and back-to-back berths in the NCAA Tournament.

A 2012 honor graduate of Belmont, Hedgepeth earned a bachelor's degree in accounting. An NCAA Postgraduate Scholar, he was named to the Dean's List seven times and was named the 2012 A-Sun Male Student-Athlete of the Year and a Lowe's Senior CLASS award finalist.

What others are saying about Coach Hedgepeth

"Mick is one of the most accomplished and competitive players to ever play for Belmont. He is a young man of great character and integrity who won numerous national awards for both his athletic and academic accomplishments. I am confident that the University of the South has hired one of the brightest young coaches in the country, and all of us at Belmont are happy and proud for him."

– Belmont Head Coach Rick Byrd

"The best decision I made when I became head coach at Williams College was hiring Mick Hedgepeth. His character, intelligence, and ability to develop meaningful relationships instantly made our program better. Sewanee has hired a terrific coach and a better person. I have no doubt Coach Hedgepeth and his teams will represent Sewanee positively on and off the court."

– Williams Head Coach Kevin App

Tracey Braden - Women's Basketball

University of the South Athletic Director Mark Webb has named Tracey Braden as the new head women's basketball coach at Sewanee.

"Coach Braden is a highly talented and successful basketball coach. Moreover, she is a proven recruiter and has a strong commitment to the Division III philosophy," said Webb. "I look forward to great success with Coach Braden at the helm of our women's basketball program."

Braden comes to Sewanee after serving as the head women's basketball coach for the past 10 seasons at NCAA Division III institution Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

"I am grateful to Mark for giving me the opportunity to join the Sewanee family. I look forward to the challenge of taking this team to the next level and recruiting the type of high-caliber student-athlete that this school attracts," said Braden. "This team has so much potential for next season and I am excited to get to work."

As a team, Westminster won St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) regular season championships in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2015-16. The Blue Jays also won the SLIAC Tournament in 2012 and 2013, earning automatic bids into the NCAA Tournament.

Under Braden, 25 student-athletes were named to SLIAC All-Conference teams since 2007. That includes 2010-11 SLIAC Player of the Year Rachel Backes.

During Braden's tenure, Westminster had a record of 155-100. Braden earned SLIAC Coach of the Year honors in 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13, and 2015-16. The all-time winningest coach in Westminster history, Braden also has served as the director of athletics since 2016.

Off the court, Braden's players have exemplified the true meaning of NCAA Division III student-athletes. Her teams have been named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top-25 Team Honor Roll selection four times. Additionally, 12 Westminster student-athletes qualified for the SLIAC All-Academic Team while four players were named CoSIDA Academic All-District selections.

Prior to her time at Westminster, Braden served as head coach at California High School, Harrisonville High School and Winnetonka High School from 1999-2007. During that time, she was named Tri-County Conference Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

A 1997 graduate of Central Missouri State University, Braden lettered for three seasons in women's basketball for the Jennies. Originally from Versailles, Missouri, Braden is a member of the NACWAA, NABC, and WBCA.

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