June 9, 1933 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Hedric was born and raised in Franklin, Ohio. 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. Hedric went on to gain his varsity letter in all four years at Miami.
After graduation, Hedric played professional basketball for the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots of the National Industrial Basketball League. 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.
Miami University coaching history
Subsequently, Hedric returned to Miami University to serve as assistant basketball coach. In 1970 Hedric took the reins of the school's basketball program as the head coach, a position he held until 1984. 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.
He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978,  and in 1986 Miami retired his jersey #86. He is an inductee of the Franklin and Butler County Halls of Fame. He was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
- "1978 Hall of Fame Members". Miami University RedHawks. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "Darrell Hedric". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 October 2010.