ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville Associate Head Men's Basketball coach Nicholas McDevitt was honored Thursday night at the Grove Park Inn as he was named as one of Asheville's 40 Under 40 leadership award.
The 40 Under 40 is sponsored by the Biltmore Beacon and Asheville Chamber of Commerce. This is the first year of the award as it recognizes the top business leaders who are under 40 in the Asheville area.
McDevitt has been on the Bulldog coaching staff for the past 11 seasons and was elevated to Associate Head Coach this past year. He has been an integral part of the Bulldog program that has won three Big South Conference regular-season titles and three tournament championships, including the past two seasons. Asheville has been to post-season play four times during McDevitt's tenure with three trips to the NCAA Tournament and one NIT berth.
McDevitt was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs from 1997 until 2001. He graduated in May of 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.