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Belmont Bruins men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd retires

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Belmont Bruins men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd has retired. He was their head coach for the past 33-years.

The 65-year-old Nashville, Tennessee native stepped away with 805 career wins. He had been the Bruins’ head coach from 1986 through 2019.

Belmont Bruins men's basketball coach Rick Byrd reacts to a call against the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Rick Byrd reacts to a call against the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (Getty Images)

“For the past 33 years, it has been my privilege to work with, and for, a remarkable community of men and women at Belmont University,” Byrd said. “Throughout my tenure as men’s basketball coach, our program has received great support from Belmont’s administration, faculty, staff, and students. For this, I am forever grateful. Personally, I have been the beneficiary of a very supportive family that I could count on every single day, a loyal circle of friends who consistently offered encouragement, and a terrific fan base that has embraced our program and our players for over three decades.

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“Most importantly, it has been an honor to coach the young men that have brought credit to Belmont University, not only by how they played the game, but how they represented our university all over our country.”

As the Bruins head coach, he went 713-347. He also had a 373-108 conference record.

This past season, the Bruins had a 27-6 record. They also went 16-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

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Belmont defeated the Temple Owls in the First Four on Tuesday, March 19 in an 81-70 win. They then lost 79-77 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to the Maryland Terrapins.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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