Entering the McDevitt Era
UNC Asheville alumnus named head coach for men’s basketball
Nick McDevitt first took to the court at UNC Asheville as a student. From 1997 through 2001, he was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs. Sixteen years later, he’ll stand with the men’s basketball team as the new head coach.
“Since coming here to UNC Asheville 16 years ago, the standard of excellence at UNC Asheville has been apparent,” McDevitt said at his first press conference as head coach. “That standard will continue, as this team carries it onto the floor and into the classroom. As a face of this university in the Asheville community, our primary job is to win games, and your players and coaches are going to work hard.”
McDevitt was recruited by former Coach Eddie Biedenbach to play basketball at UNC Asheville. After he graduated in May 2001 with a degree in history, he was immediately appointed to be a member of Biedenbach’s coaching staff. He served as an assistant coach for 10 seasons before being elevated to associate head coach in 2011. During McDevitt’s tenure as an assistant and associate head coach, the Bulldog program has captured three Big South Conference Tournament championships, three Big South regular-season titles and made four post-season trips. UNC Asheville has competed in the NCAA Tournament three times (2003, 2011, 2012) and the NIT once (2008). The Bulldog program has posted a 113-82 overall record over the past six seasons and a Big South-best 68-34 league record during that period.
McDevitt plans to continue that success, build the program and engage the campus community, which has been a home to his family for five decades.
“A year from now, when Trent Meyer graduates, I want you to say, ‘Wow.’ Five years down the road when we’ve won a couple of championships or when the crisis comes in the front door, I want you to say, ‘Wow, those guys handled it the right way.’ I want you to say ‘wow’ in ten years, when our graduates come back as season-ticket holders.”
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