Bill Hodges

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Bill Hodges
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1943-03-09) March 9, 1943 (age 74)
Zionsville, Indiana
Alma mater Marian University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965--1966 Marian University (asst.)
1970–1974 Tennessee Tech (asst.)
1974–1975 Armstrong State (asst.)
1975–1978 Indiana State (asst.)
1978–1982 Indiana State
1983–1984 Long Beach State (asst.)
1986–1991 Georgia College
1991–1997 Mercer
Head coaching record
Overall 239–208 (.535)
Tournaments 5-1
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA regional championship – Final Four (1979)
MVC regular season championship (1979)
MVC Tournament championship (1979)
MVC Coach of the Year (1979)
AP Coach of the Year (1979)
UPI Coach of the Year (1979)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1979)

William Oscar Hodges[1] (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.[2]

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. He currently coaches at the Villages Charter High School in Villages, Florida as of the 2016-2017 season. They had an undefeated record in district games until January 17, 2017 when they lost to Trinity Catholic High School.

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         Postseason invitational 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


Inducted in 1999, Hodges is a member of the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 1978–79 men's basketball team.[3] 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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