Former NCAA Basketball Coach of the Year to Coach at North Cross School

NCS Coach Bill Hodges
NCS Coach Bill Hodges

Nationally recognized Basketball Coach Bill Hodges will coach basketball at North Cross School this fall.  Hodge’s experience in coaching and teaching spans more than four decades at the college and K-12 level.  He has received several accolades including being named the NCAA Coach of the Year.  He was inducted into the Florida Junior College Hall of Fame and the Indiana State University Hall of Fame.  During his tenure at Indiana State University, he coached future NBA star and NBA Coach of the Year Larry Bird.

“We are very excited that Coach Hodges will be coaching basketball at North Cross School this season,” said Chris Proctor, Headmaster at North Cross.  He was looking for an opportunity to employ his skills at building basketball programs from the ground up, and NCS provides the perfect vehicle for his expertise.  His association with well-respected colleges and K-12 schools, such as Roanoke Catholic School in Roanoke, made him an excellent choice for NCS.  He shares our commitment of maintaining high academic standards in all areas of student growth and participation.”

Dean of Students Chris Bielizna will be assisting Hodges in the basketball program during the 2011-12 school year. “I can’t think of a better team of coaches to have in place this athletic season,” said NCS Director of Athletics and Wellness, Eric Lawrence.  “Coach Bielizna has a passion and commitment for advancing each student as a whole – encouraging growth behind the desk, as well as on the court.  Having both Coach Hodges and Coach Bielizna leading our basketball program will greatly benefit our students and enhance their educational experience.”

Hodges will begin his tenure at North Cross School starting in September.  He joins an established athletic program consisting of thirty-one teams, which provide students the opportunity to play in interscholastic sports beginning in sixth grade.  Students are encouraged to participate in one of thirteen sports offered at NCS.  The mission of the School’s athletic program is to increase athletic skill among its students while developing discipline, instilling good sportsmanship and displaying a true sense of fair play.