Sewanee's Hedgepeth heads to alma mater

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After leading Sewanee to the NCAA Tournament, Mick Hedgepeth stepped down to take a position at Division I Belmont. His assistant Brian Emerson will take over as the Tigers' head coach.

Sewanee Director of Athletics Mark Webb announced the move via release on Tuesday.

"I am truly grateful for Mick's leadership of our men's basketball program. I certainly understand his desire to return to his Alma mater, and he goes with our deepest appreciation and our very best wishes," said Webb in a statement.

Hedgepeth will become the Director of Operations at Belmont under new head coach Casey Alexander. Hedgepeth played four seasons at Belmont from 2008 - 2012. His coaching career at Sewanee was short, but successful. After going 14-11 in his first season, Hedgepeth led the Tigers to a 22-7 mark last season and an SAA tournament championship. Sewanee reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

Assistant coach Brian Emerson will step into the head coaching vacancy. Before joining Hedgepeth's staff two years ago, Emerson spent two seasons on Kevin App's coaching staff at Williams College where he played for four seasons. Emerson also spent one season as an assistant at MIT.

"The past two seasons working alongside Mick Hedgepeth have been an unbelievable learning experience and I am beyond excited to continue to push the program forward building on the foundation that has been created here on the Mountain," said Emerson in the release.