Bill Hodges

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Bill Hodges
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1943-03-09) March 9, 1943 (age 71)
Zionsville, Indiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1970–1974
1974–1978
1978–1982
1982–1984
1986–1991
1991–1997
Tennessee Tech (asst.)
Indiana State (asst.)
Indiana State
Long Beach State (asst.)
Georgia College
Mercer
Head coaching record
Overall 239-208 (.535)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1979: MVC Regular Season Championship
1979: MVC Tournament Championship
Awards
1979: Missouri Valley Conf. Coach of the Year
AP Coach of the Year
UPI Coach of the Year
The Sporting News Coach of the Year

Bill Hodges (born March 9, 1943) is an American former NCAA Head Basketball Coach. He was the Head Coach at Indiana State University from 1978–1982; at the Georgia College and State University from 1986–1991 and at Mercer University from 1991-1997.

As an assistant basketball coach at Indiana State University, he recruited Larry Bird after Bird had dropped out of Indiana University. Before the start of the 1978-79 season, he got the Indiana State University job after head coach Bob King suffered a brain aneurysm. He led the Sycamores to a second place finish in the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. During that year, he won several coach of the year awards, including the UPI's and AP's. The Sycamores were selected as the United Press International Collegiate Champions. His later Indiana State teams would never reach the same heights, leading to his resignation from ISU after the 1982 season.[1]

Hodges is currently #7 in coaching wins at Indiana State with a record of 67-48 (.583) and #5 in wins at Mercer with a record of 62-107 (.367). His record at Georgia College was 110-53 (.675). His overall collegiate head coaching record is 239-208 (.535). Hodges is a graduate of Purdue University.

His last coaching stint was at North Cross School in Roanoke, VA from 2011 to 2013, where he led the Raiders to the VISAA state tournament where they upset Carlisle School in the semifinals and went on to play for the state title, but came up just short.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Indiana State (MVC) (1979–1982)
1978–79 Indiana State 33-1 16-0 1st NCAA Finalist
1979–80 Indiana State 16-11 8-8 T-5th
1980–81 Indiana State 9-18 4-12 8th
1981–82 Indiana State 9-18 2-14 T-9th
Indiana State: 67-48 (.582) 30-34
Georgia College (PBC) (1986–1991)
1986–87 Georgia College 17-14
1987–88 Georgia College 25-9 NAIA First Round
1988–89 Georgia College 25-10 NAIA First Round
1989–90 Georgia College 24-8 NAIA First Round
1990–91 Georgia College 19-12 6-6 T-3rd
Georgia College: 110-53 (.675)
Mercer (Atlantic Sun) (1991–1997)
1991–92 Mercer 11-18 6-8 T-5th
1992–93 Mercer 13-14 7-5 T-2nd
1993–94 Mercer 5-24 3-14 9th
1994–95 Mercer 15-14 8-8 4th
1995–96 Mercer 15-14 7-9 4th - West Div.
1996–97 Mercer 3-23 1-15 6th - West Div.
Mercer: 62-107 (.367) 32-59 (.352)
Total: 239-208 (.535)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Notes[edit]

Hodges is a member of the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame; the 1978-79 Men's Basketball Team were inducted in 1999.[2] Hodges is a former golf coach, coaching the Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates before moving to Indiana State. He is also a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Air Force.

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