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Mick Hedgepeth



Hedgepeth has continued the Belmont tradition of excellence in the classroom, culminating most recently in his recognition as the 2010-11 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hedgepeth also earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2010-11, and is a three-time Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic honoree. Hedgepeth, who was named named Belmont University Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010-11, holds a 3.71 GPA in Accounting.


Hedgepeth has embodied the ideals of character and integrity from the moment he stepped on Belmont’s campus. He has been the men’s basketball’s representative on Belmont University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) since his freshman year. Hedgepeth has also established a number of program records in strength and conditioning. Perhaps the best example of Hedgepeth’s heart, toughness and love of team came in the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. Early in the second half of a game, Hedgepeth suffered a significant knee injury and received treatment from athletic trainers. After several minutes, with a fellow post player in foul trouble and knowing that the game could be the last for several Belmont seniors, Hedgepeth received clearance and went back into the game with a cumbersome brace.


Hedgepeth has participated in Belmont Sports Evangelism Mission Trips to South Africa, Malta and Italy. He has also served as a tutor and activities leader at nearby Carter Lawrence Elementary in Nashville. When the historic floods struck Nashville in the spring of 2010, Hedgepeth worked with a team from Green Hills Church to strip houses and rebuild homes. Hedgepeth has also spearheaded Belmont’s annual Volunteer Youth Encouragement Services, including a program that collects and donates Christmas gifts to area children. Hedgepeth volunteered at Big Brothers Nashville and the 2010 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and has also served as a motivational speaker at area churches and schools.


Hedgepeth has been an integral part of Belmont steady rise among the nation’s top mid-major college basketball programs. A consensus preseason All-Atlantic Sun selection in 2011-12, Hedgepeth is the reigning Atlantic Sun Tournament MVP after leading the Bruins to a 30-5 record and a fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in six years. Hedgepeth is on pace to rank among the Atlantic Sun Conference career leaders in field-goal percentage and become just the 10th member of Belmont’s NCAA-era 1,000 point club.