Rick Byrd Elected to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball head coach Rick Byrd is among the 2013 class of inductees for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday.

This marks the latest honor in Byrd's distinguished career, which spans three decades.

Enshrined in the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2004 after leading the Belmont program to national prominence, Byrd was also inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in August.

The announcement, made at the 2012 Mason Rudolph Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament at Legends Club in Franklin, caught Byrd by surprise.

"As someone who has lived and coached in the state of Tennessee my whole life, and can't begin to put into words how honored I am by this," Byrd said. "This is a reflection of what many Belmont players accomplished on the floor. I would like to thank everyone involved with the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and congratulate the Class of 2013."

Currently, seventh among all active NCAA Division I head coaches in career victories with 637, Byrd has led Belmont to 10 conference championships (five regular season, five tournament) and six postseason appearances – including five NCAA Tournament appearances – since 2006.

The 2011 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year, Byrd received the 2012 NCAA Bob Frederick Award for exhibiting a lifelong commitment to sportsmanship and ethical conduct, leading by example, and promoting positive fan involvement in and out of competition.

Byrd becomes the second Belmont University representative in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame; former women's basketball head coach and current Senior Woman Administrator Betty Wiseman was inducted in 2004.

Joining Byrd in the Class of 2013 will be Ermal G. Allen (posthumous), Bob Bell (posthumous), Leonard Hamilton, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Kelly Holcomb, Chris Jones, John Ed Miller (Lifetime Achievement), Larry Seivers, Trey Teague, and Frank Wycheck.

The 2013 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 4 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Tennessee's sports heritage while honoring the contributions of legendary individuals and teams that have significant ties to the state.