Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nick McDevitt introduced as UNC Asheville head coach

Nick McDevitt, the new head basketball coach at UNC Asheville, is excited to begin his job. He was introduced to a standing-room-only crowd Friday afternoon on campus, but really needed no introduction. A large contingent of family, friends, staff and Bulldog supporters welcomed him with a standing ovation…not once, but twice.

UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone made the official announcement. “We are delighted to introduce Nick McDevitt as our new head basketball coach,” stated Cone. “In the nine years I’ve worked with Nick, he has always conducted himself as a champion and a leader.

“Nick has earned this opportunity. While guiding our program this past month, he distinguished himself as the leading candidate during the search process,” added Cone. “Nick is the perfect person to continue not only our winning tradition that we have established at UNC Asheville but also to provide us with a vision and a plan for greater levels of achievement in the future.”

“This is an especially proud moment for UNC Asheville to name Nick McDevitt, a lifetime Bulldog, as our new head coach. As a four-year player who maintained a place on the Dean’s List while majoring in history, Nick has embodied how to do Division I athletics the right way,” stated UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder. “It is a testament to Nick’s work ethic and basketball IQ that he is now ready to carry on the UNC Asheville tradition of excellence. Nick is the best person to build on UNC Asheville’s momentum, and to give our young, exciting Bulldog team the leadership they need to be successful on and off the court.”

Nick McDevitt, new UNC Asheville head coach
Nick McDevitt, new UNC Asheville head coach

“I want to thank Janet Cone, Chancellor Ponder and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to continue my journey in coaching at such a wonderful place,” stated McDevitt. “UNC Asheville has a rich basketball tradition. We have been fortunate to enjoy the Eddie Biedenbach era, and I believe that we are poised to do even better greater things. I’m excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

McDevitt, humbled and excited to be the new face of Asheville basketball is no stranger to the community. He has spent half his life on the pastoral campus in North Asheville. First, as a four-year player then 12 years as an assistant coach, the last two as the associate head coach, all under former coach Eddie Biedenbach’s mentoring.

The new coach told the audience that his family has been a part of the college for over 50 years, going back to when his grandfather installed plumbing at Founders Hall. His parents went to UNC Asheville, as did his sister. McDevitt took “Super Saturday” classes on campus as a youngster, and attended basketball camps there. He kidded associate athletics director, Mike Gore, who served as his camp coach, saying they would not be teaching layups the way Gore did.

McDevitt takes over a program that represented the Big South Conference in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012, but fell short last year. His goal is to get back there. The returning players will be bolstered by the addition of two new guards. And his team will be ready for the challenge. Returning star, Keith Hornsby, is very excited to have McDevitt as his new coach. “Can’t wait to get started,” Hornsby said.

His mentor, Eddie Biedenbach said, “Nick is very deserving of this opportunity. I am very happy for him and know he’ll do a great job. Nick was an exemplary player and coach for our program and a key reason for our success.”

And even outside the Bulldog family, other head coaches are taking note. Brad Brownell, Clemson’s head coach said, “This is a great hire by UNC Asheville. Nick knows every aspect of the program as he was terrific player and coach for Asheville. He’s a bright, young coach who knows what to look for in recruits that fit in at Asheville. It will be a smooth transition for him as head coach and I am confident he’ll continue the winning tradition that Asheville has established.”

Marcus Neeley, another returning player said, “Coach McDevitt is a great leader and he’s going to take us to the next level. I know he’s ready to be a head coach. We all have a great relationship with him and can’t wait to start playing for him.”

Last summer, he was named to Asheville’s inaugural “Forty Under 40” class by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. Nick was recognized for making a mark in the Asheville area in professional achievements and commitment to excellence.

McDevitt and two of his assistants are on the road – recruiting – for the next several days. Brett Carey and Kevin Easley appeared to be very happy the way things turned out. McDevitt said loyalty is the most important thing when you are in business or on a team, and both Carey and Easley are on-board. Madison Davis also will be continuing in his role as an assistant coach and director of basketball operations.

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UNC Asheville names Nick McDevitt new basketball head coach

UNC Asheville athletics director Janet Cone this afternoon named former Bulldog guard and 12-year assistant coach Nicholas (Nick) McDevitt as their new head coach. He replaces his mentor, Eddie Biedenbach, who resigned recently to become the assistant head coach at UNC Wilmington.

McDevitt, considered the favorite among most observers including his players, beat out former Ball State head coach Billy Taylor and Charlotte assistant coach Ryan Odom, a former assistant at UNC Asheville.

New UNC Asheville head basketball coach, Nick McDevitt
New UNC Asheville head basketball coach, Nick McDevitt

“Nick has done an outstanding job as an assistant coach,” stated Biedenbach in an earlier interview. “He is a big reason for the success. He has a good rapport with our players. Nick really knows the game well and is a key part of our program. He works hard in every facet of the program.”

Nick has been a part of three Big South Conference regular-season championships and three tournament titles during his tenure. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in 2003, 2011 and 2012, plus a trip to the NIT in 2008.

McDevitt was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs from 1997 until 2001. He graduated in May 2001 with a degree in history. His playing time increased steadily during his career and became a key player for UNC Asheville off the bench in the 2000-01 season. He was fifth on the team in three-pointers made with 11 and led the team at 52 percent from long distance.

In addition, McDevitt enjoyed considerable success off the court. He was named to the Big South Conference All Academic team his junior and senior years and was a member of the Dean’s List four different times at UNC Asheville. He was also a member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll three times. McDevitt was a member of the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) student basketball council his junior and senior years.

In the spring of 2009, he completed the National Association of Basketball Coaches Professional Development Series (PDS) certification requirements.

McDevitt enjoyed a standout career at Madison HS in Marshall. He was the starting point guard for the Patriots for three seasons and led the 2-A school to three straight conference championships and two regional appearances. McDevitt averaged 17 points and 10 assists his senior and earned all-region honors by the Asheville Citizen-Times. In addition, he is Madison’s all-time leader in assists and steals.

“UNC Asheville is an excellent school, and I’m very proud to still be a part of it,” stated McDevitt. “I really feel fortunate to be working at a school and in a community that I know so well.

“Coach Biedenbach has taught me so much both as a player and a coach,” added McDevitt. “Each day I continue to learn more about what it takes to establish and maintain a successful Division I program.”

Nick and Lauren McDevitt were married last August.
Nick and Lauren McDevitt were married last August.

McDevitt married the former Lauren Cooper last August.

CBSSports.com: McDevitt new UNC Asheville head coach

Until I see UNC Asheville athletics director Janet Cone announce it at 1:00 p.m. today, I will report that cbssports.com has already said current interim head coach Nick McDevitt will be named the new head coach.

According to cbssports.com, this is new UNC Asheville head basketball coach, Nick McDevitt
According to cbssports.com, this is new UNC Asheville head basketball coach, Nick McDevitt

 

I firmly believe Nick has the job…I will post a complete article as soon as I can following the official announcement.

Carolina Panthers to face NFL’s toughest schedule in 2013

The Carolina Panthers will be facing the NFL’s toughest schedule in 2013.  They will appear in two nationally televised games during the regular season.

The Panthers host Seattle to start the season at home for the first time since 2009 when they opened in Bank of America Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles. It will be only the second time Carolina has opened at home in the last seven seasons. The last two years, the Panthers have opened at Arizona and Tampa Bay under head coach Ron Rivera.

Carolina will play on national television twice with the first contest at Tampa Bay on the NFL Network on Thursday, October 24 and the second on ESPN Monday Night Football on November 18 against New England. It will be the Panthers first Monday Night Contest from Bank of America Stadium since hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in December of the 2008 season.

“We are excited to see the 2013 schedule and look forward to opening at home after being on the road to open the season the last two years,” says head coach Ron Rivera. “We knew when we saw the opponents at the end of the year, it would be a difficult schedule, but it is a challenge that has our coaches and players excited.”

For the second time in the three seasons Rivera has been at the helm for the Panthers, Carolina will play the most difficult schedule in the NFL based on winning percentage of opponents last year. Six games are against playoff teams from last year with home games versus Seattle, Atlanta, and New England and away contests at Minnesota, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

Also for the second year in a row, the bye will come early for Carolina. Last year it was in mid-October after five games and this season comes September 29 after three games.

Here is the complete schedule:

PRESEASON:

Friday Aug 9 CHICAGO BEARS                                  8:00 pm Panthers TV
Thursday Aug 15 @ Philadelphia Eagles                    7:00 pm Panthers TV
Thursday Aug 22 @ Baltimore Ravens                      8:00 pm ESPN
Thursday Aug 29 PITTSBURGH STEELERS           7:30 pm Panthers TV

REGULAR SEASON:

Sunday Sept 8 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS                      1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Sept 15 @ Buffalo Bills                                   1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Sept 22 NEW YORK GIANTS                        1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Sept 29 BYE WEEK
Sunday Oct 6 @ Arizona Cardinals                           4:05 pm FOX
Sunday Oct 13 @ Minnesota Vikings                        1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Oct 20 ST. LOUIS RAMS                             1:00 pm FOX
Thursday Oct 24 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers            8:25 pm NFLN
Sunday Nov 3 ATLANTA FALCONS                         1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Nov 10 @ San Francisco 49ers                    4:05 pm FOX
Monday Nov 18 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS          8:40 pm ESPN
Sunday Nov 24 @ Miami Dolphins                           1:00*pm FOX
Sunday Dec 1 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS            1:00*pm FOX
Sunday Dec 8 @ New Orleans Saints                       1:00*pm FOX
Sunday Dec 15 NEW YORK JETS                             4:05*pm CBS
Sunday Dec 22 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS                 1:00*pm FOX
Sunday Dec 29 @ Atlanta Falcons                            1:00*pm FOX

ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN STANDARD TIME CAPS = HOME GAMES

*FLEX SCHEDULING LAST 7 WEEKS OF THE SEASON – POTENTIAL FOR TIME CHANGE