MTSU Men’s Basketball retains Dir Ops Kerry Hammonds |

Yet another example of a new coach coming in to an organization and retaining the director of operations. In this case, it’s Kerry Hammonds, Director of Operations for the Middle Tennessee State University men’s basketball team. If you look closely at what new head coach Nick McDevitt is saying, it’s a lot about continuity.

Nick McDevitt entered Murphy Center for the first time as the new MTSU men’s basketball coach on March 26. He smiled, waved for a slew of photographers, and then shook the hand of the first person he came across: Kerry Hammonds II.

“What you guys did here,” McDevitt told the incumbent director of basketball operations, “is a hard act to follow.”

Hammonds will be following along for the next act.

A few days after finalizing his coaching staff, McDevitt announced on Tuesday that Hammonds will remain as MTSU’s director of basketball operations, a role he has held since July 2017. A former standout guard for the Blue Raiders, Hammonds first joined the staff in 2014 as a graduate assistant under former coach Kermit Davis. He stayed in that role for two seasons.

“Kerry has been an invaluable asset to me and my staff from the moment I arrived in Murfreesboro,” McDevitt said in a statement. “He has a very strong work ethic, approaches each day in a first-class manner and has an outstanding reputation in this community. I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

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