June 17, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Miami University men’s basketball head coach and player Darrell Hedric is among 11 inductees that will compose the 2012 Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame class, which was announced this week. He will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in Columbus next May.
Hedric, a 1955 graduate of Miami, served as head coach of the Redskins for 14 seasons from 1970-1984, compiling an overall record of 216-157 (.579) and a Mid-American Conference record of 128-76 (.627). When he was hired in 1970, he became the first Miami graduate to head up the men’s basketball program and became Miami’s all-time winningest coach during his tenure. He still ranks second all-time at Miami behind only current head coach Charlie Coles.
While in charge of the Miami program, Hedric led the Redskins to five MAC regular-season championships, including four times in the 1970s and in his final season (1983-84), when he also guided Miami to the MAC Tournament title and set the school record for wins in a season with 24 (a record that has been tied just twice since). The three-time MAC Coach of the Year and two-time Ohio Basketball Coach of the Year also led Miami to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1978 tournament when Hedric’s Redskins upset defending national champion Marquette in overtime in the first round.
Hedric was a four-year letterwinner at guard on Miami’s basketball team as well from 1952-55, helping the Redskins capture three MAC Championships while playing in two NCAA Tournaments (1953 and 1955). He also served as co-captain on Miami’s 1955 MAC Championship squad. His jersey No. 86 was retired in 1997 and hangs from the rafters of Millett Hall as one of just five retired jerseys in Miami history, alongside Miami great Ron Harper, who Hedric recruited to Miami.
A native of Franklin, Ohio, Hedric has been a part of the Miami program for over 50 years, returning to his alma mater in 1957 as a graduate assistant for one year after playing a year in the National Industrial Basketball League in Akron and serving two years in the Navy. He then became Miami’s first full-time assistant basketball coach in 1960 under Dick Shrider and later Tates Locke until taking over the head coaching job in 1970. Following his time as head coach, Hedric became an associate athletic director at Miami until retiring in 1996 and also served as interim athletic director. Following his retirement he was a scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers and still serves in an advisory role for Miami’s athletic department as an associate athletic director emeritus.
Hedric was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978, the Butler County Hall of Fame in 1988 and Miami’s Cradle of Coaches Association in 2001. His induction into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012 will mark the second straight year a Miami coach has become a member of the Hall of Fame as Coles was inducted this past May as part of the class of 2011.