Darrell Hedric

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Darrell Hedric
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1933-06-09) June 9, 1933 (age 81)
Franklin, Ohio
Playing career
Miami (Ohio)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1970–1984 Miami (Ohio)

Darrell Hedric (born June 9, 1933) is an American basketball head coach and scout, most noted as the coach of the Miami University (Ohio) basketball team from 1970 to 1984.[1][2]

Early history[edit]

Hedric was born and raised in Franklin, Ohio.[1] He was a standout on the Franklin Wildcats basketball team. During his senior year, he was recruited to play college basketball at Miami University the following year.[1] Hedric went on to gain his varsity letter in all four years at Miami.[1]

After graduation, Hedric played professional basketball for the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots of the National Industrial Basketball League.[3] He was drafted into the United States Navy and served on a destroyer in Antarctica. After serving his country, Hedric once again turned to basketball, taking the head coaching job at Taft High School in Hamilton, Ohio.[1]

Miami University coaching history[edit]

Subsequently, Hedric returned to Miami University to serve as assistant basketball coach.[1] In 1970 Hedric took the reins of the school's basketball program as the head coach, a position he held until 1984.[1][2] By the end of his coaching career, he amassed several notable achievements including defeating defending national champion Marquette in the NCAA tournament, and regular season wins over coaching legends Bobby Knight and Dean Smith. Hedric remains the only coach to have defeated both Bob Knight and Dean Smith on their home courts.

Hedric compiled a record of 216–157 at Miami,[2] and along the way recruited several excellent players, most notably Ron Harper, who went on to win multiple NBA championships.[1]

He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978, [1] and in 1986 Miami retired his jersey #86.[4] He is an inductee of the Franklin and Butler County Halls of Fame.[1] He was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.[5]

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