March 9, 1943|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Tennessee Tech (asst.)|
Indiana State (asst.)
Long Beach State (asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1979: Missouri Valley Conf. Coach of the Year
AP Coach of the Year
UPI Coach of the Year
The Sporting News Coach of the Year
William Oscar Hodges (born March 9, 1943) is an American former NCAA Head Basketball Coach. He was the Head Coach at Indiana State University from 1978–1982; at the Georgia College and State University from 1986–1991 and at Mercer University from 1991–1997.
As an assistant basketball coach at Indiana State University, he recruited Larry Bird after Bird had dropped out of Indiana University. Before the start of the 1978–79 season, he got the Indiana State University job after head coach Bob King suffered a brain aneurysm. He led the Sycamores to a second-place finish in the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. During that year, he won several coach of the year awards, including the UPI's and AP's. The Sycamores were selected as the United Press International Collegiate Champions. His later Indiana State teams would never reach the same heights, leading to his resignation from ISU after the 1982 season.
Hodges is currently #7 in coaching wins at Indiana State with a record of 67–48 (.583) and #5 in wins at Mercer with a record of 62–107 (.367). His record at Georgia College was 110–53 (.675). His overall collegiate head coaching record is 239–208 (.535). Hodges is a graduate of Purdue University.
His last coaching stint was at North Cross School in Roanoke, VA from 2011 to 2013, where he led the Raiders to the VISAA state tournament where they upset Carlisle School in the semifinals and went on to play for the state title, but came up just short.
Head coaching record
Inducted in 1999, Hodges is a member of the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 1978–79 men's basketball team. Hodges is a former golf coach, coaching the Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates before moving to Indiana State. He is also a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Air Force.
- "1978–79 Men's Basketball Team – Indiana State Athletics Hall of Fame". Indiana State Sycamores. August 21, 1999. Retrieved March 28, 2015.