Michael "Mick" Hedgepeth is in his second season as head coach of the Sewanee Men's Basketball program, and he is in his third season with the program overall.
In 2018-19, Hedgepeth helped lead the men's basketball program to its first Southern Athletic Association Title, defeating Centre 62-59 on a game-winning 3-pointer by Michael Barry with 2.2 seconds remaining. It was the sixth conference championship in program history.
Along with the conference tournament championship, Hedgepeth led the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 and the fifth time in program history.
Finishing with a 22-7 record, the team earned its best start in program history (7-0) and the second-most wins in the team's history.
He also led three Tigers to All-Conference honors: Luke Smith (First Team), Cam Caldwell (Second Team) and Hunter Buescher (Honorable Mention).
Statistically, Hedgepeth saw his team ranked fifth in defensive three-point field goal shooting (29.6) 34th in scoring defense (66.7) and 39th in defensive field goal percentage (40.6).
Hedgepeth led the Tigers in 2017-18 to a No. 2 seed in the SAA Tournament, and the program was in contention for the top spot for the conference tourney until the final weekend of the regular season.
The program's defense was a key to their success in Hedgepeth's first season. The Tigers led the conference in defensive field goal shooting percentage (40.5) and they finished 30th out of 416 NCAA Division III teams. However, behind the arc, the Tigers were even better, as they led the nation in defensive three-point field goal shooting percentage (27.5).
Hedgepeth led three Tigers to All-SAA recognition in 2018, and all three were selected to the top awards in the SAA. Adrian Thomas (First Team) was named the SAA Player of the Year. Thomas became the first Player of the Year in the SAA-era for Sewanee and the first since Ryan Harrigan, who was a two-time Player of the Year for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) in 1997 and 1998.
Cam Caldwell (Second Team) was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year, and it is the first such award for the Sewanee men's basketball program.
Luke Smith (First Team) was honored as the SAA Newcomer of the Year, and he became the second Sewanee student-athlete in the last three years to earn the award.
University of the South Athletic Director Mark Webb has announced that Hedgepeth has been named the 23rd head men's basketball coach in Sewanee's storied history prior to the 2017-18 season.
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.
Hedgepeth came to the Domain from NCAA Division III power Williams in Williamstown, Mass. 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.
The Hedgepeth File
Year -- Overall W-L Record -- Conference W-L Record --Notes
|2018-19||Sewanee||22-7||.759||8-6||.571||SAA Tournament Champions, NCAA Tournament|
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