Bill Hodges

Bill Hodges (born March 9, 1943)

Teams coached position: Indiana State Sycamores, Georgia College Bobcats, Mercer Bears
Indiana State record: 67-48 (.583)
Georgia College record^: 110-53 (.675)
Mercer record: 62-107 (.367)
Overall record^: 239-208 (.535)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1998-1999 Murray State (asst)
1991-1997 Mercer
1986-1991 Georgia College
1983-1984 Long Beach State (asst)
1978-1982 Indiana State
1975-1978 Indiana State (asst)
1974-1975 Armstrong State (asst)
1970-1974 Tennessee Tech (asst)
1965-1966 Marian (asst)

Bill Hodges Facts

  • William Oscar Hodges
  • Born March 9, 1943
  • Hometown: Zionsville, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: Marian University (BA, 1965)
  • Early coaching career included assistant positions at alma mater Marian (IN), Tennessee Tech under Connie Inman, Armstrong State (in Savannah, GA) and at Indiana State under Bob King
  • While on the staff, Hodges recruited an Indiana University dropout from French Lick named Larry Bird to play for the Sycamores
  • King suffered a brain aneurysm before the 1978-79 season and Hodges was tapped to take over as head coach
    • Bird, Hodges and the Sycamores completed a nearly perfect season, sweeping the Missouri Valley regular season and Tournament titles and pushing all the way to the 1979 NCAA National Championship game
      • Though the team lost to Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans, the game is still the most-watched basketball game ever and is considered to be a pivotal moment in the history of college basketball
      • The game also kicked off a careers-long rivalry between Bird and Johnson, who would duel many times in the NBA as members of the Celtics and Lakers, respectively
      • Hodges was named the AP COYSporting News COY, UPI COY and Missouri Valley COY that season
    • After Bird left, things took a turn in Terre Haute: the team won just 34 games over the next three seasons and a prized recruit – Kevin Thompson – tragically died of cancer
      • Hodges stepped down as the Sycamores head coach in 1982 after just four seasons at the helm
  • After a year away from the game, Hodges spent one year as an assistant at Long Beach State under Dave Buss
  • Spent five years as head coach at NAIA Georgia College, leading the Bobcats to 110 wins and three NAIA Tournaments
  • Returned to the Division I level in 1991, spending the next six years as the head coach at Mercer
  • After one year assisting Tevester Anderson at Murray State, Hodges coached at the JUCO, high school and middle school levels
    • He has coached at Roanoke Catholic and North Cross HS in Virginia
      • During his time in Virginia, he became a friend of then-Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, speaking with Hokies players and watching film with Greenberg
  • Most recently, Hodges was coaching the girls varsity team at The Villages High School in Florida where his daughter is a teacher and his granddaughter was one of his players

Bill Hodges Coaching Tree

  • Larry Bird (Indiana Pacers)


^ overall records include head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels