Nick McDevitt begins his third year as head coach of his alma mater. He was named as the program’s sixth head coach on April 28, 2013.
McDevitt succeeded long-time Bulldog head coach Eddie Biedenbach. The Madison county native both played and coached under Biedenbach.
McDevitt and Asheville finished 15-16 overall and 10-8 in Big South play in 2014-15. The Bulldogs’ 10-8 league mark last season was the eighth-straight year of double-digit league wins for the team, the longest current streak in the Big South. Asheville swept the season series against BSC opponents Campbell, Gardner-Webb and Liberty and added a win over eventual BSC champion Coastal Carolina at home in late January.
The summer of 2015 saw a pair of former Bulldogs earn professional contracts, with Jaleel Roberts (Class of 2015) becoming the first player in Asheville history to earn an invitation to NBA training camp after signing with the Washington Wizards. Jaron lane (Class of 2014) also began his professional career when he signed with the London Lions of the British Basketball League.
McDevitt’ first club bounced back from a 1-7 start to post a 17-15 overall record. The Bulldogs finished second in the South Division of the league with a 10-6 mark. Asheville knocked off Radford in the quarterfinals of the BSC tournament before losing, 80-79 to Winthrop in the semifinals when two last-second shots wouldn’t fall. The Blue & White picked up an impressive non-conference win at College of Charleston for McDevitt first’s victory as head coach. Asheville picked up a win over eventual BSC champion Coastal Carolina at home late in the season.
After graduating from UNC Asheville in 2001, Biedenbach immediately appointed McDevitt to his coaching staff. He served as an assistant coach for 10 seasons before being elevated to Associate Head Coach in 2011.
During McDevitt’s tenure as an assistant and associate head coach, the Bulldog program has captured three Big South Conference Tournament championships, three Big South regular-season titles and made four post-season trips. Asheville has competed in the NCAA Tournament three times (2003, 2011, 2012) and the NIT once (2008).
McDevitt was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs from 1997 through 2001. He graduated in May 2001 with a degree in history. His playing time increased steadily during his career as he 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 by shooting 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 and served on the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Student Basketball Council his junior and senior years.
He has coached 18 different Bulldog players who have earned All-Big South Conference honors.
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 year and earned all-region honors by the Asheville Citizen-Times. In addition, he is Madison’s all-time leader in assists and steals.
Nick coached the Tennessee Travelers 17-Under team in 2001 and assisted Bob Gibbons’ Tournament of Champions in 1999 and 2001.
In the summer of 2013, 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.
Nick is married to the former Lauren Cooper, and the couple has one child, Cooper.