Area sports notes: Brian Emerson follows Mick Hedgepeth as Sewanee coach

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Mick Hedgepeth has resigned as men's basketball coach at Sewanee to return to his NCAA Division I alma mater, Belmont, and assistant coach Brian Emerson has been promoted to succeed him. Both moves were included in an announcement Tuesday by athletic director Mark Webb. Hedgepeth, who will be the director of basketball operations for new Belmont coach Casey Alexander, compiled a two-year 36-18 record at Sewanee and this past season directed the Tigers to the program's first conference tournament championship and national tourney appearance in more than two decades.

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