UNC Asheville rising junior, Keith Hornsby, will be transferring. He is the 11th player to transfer from the Big South Conference this year. Hornsby averaged 15 points per game for the Bulldogs, and was one of the best free throw shooters in the country. Hornsby was exploring his options when reports came out over the weekend that he was visiting North Carolina State yesterday and today. New head coach Nick McDevitt would not allow Hornsby to explore his options and has dismissed him from the team.
Nick McDevitt is proof that loyalty has its rewards. The 34-year-old was today named as the head coach at UNC Asheville, after a career that includes four years as a player and 12 years as an assistant coach all under the mentorship of former head coach Eddie Biedenbach. Coach B resigned three weeks ago to accept the assistant head coach position at UNC Wilmington. McDevitt said he throught for two seconds and decided he definitely would apply for the job. The search committee narrowed the list down to McDevitt and two others, but McDevitt’s preparation earned him the position. He is very well thought-of in the community, and is loved by his players.
UNC Asheville today named long-time assistant coach Nick McDevitt as their new head coach, succeeding his mentor, Eddie Biedenbach. McDevitt played for the Bulldogs, served as an assistant coach for 10 seasons and was the associate head coach for the past two years, was the favorite among most observers. His players wanted him named as head coach, and, following a search, today, athletics director Janet Cone made the announcement many people were waiting for.
Nick McDevitt, long-time assistant coach at UNC Asheville, has been named head coach for the Bulldogs according to a cbssports.com report. The official announcement will happen at 1:00 p.m. today by athletics director Janet Cone.
UNC Asheville, the two-time Big South Conference basketball champions have announced their home opener and non-conference games. The Bulldogs open at home on Nov. 9 against mountain rival Western Carolina University and will face a tough non-conference slate. They will play at N.C. State, at Ohio State, at Northeastern, at St. Johns (NY) and at Charlotte in addition to facing tough competition in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament in San Juan in mid-November.