(CLEVELAND,)  TMC Sports–of Murfreesboro, Tenn., two–time state cChad Hibdon 3-28-15hampionship coach for high school girls’ basketball, was announced as head women’s basketball coach for the Truett-McConnell College Lady Bears, Friday March 27. Hibdon was named USA TODAY national girls basketball coach of the year in 2014 and led the Lady Blaze to Class AAA state championships in 2014 and 2015; the team was named national champions by USA TODAY, MaxPreps and ESPN in 2014. He is a three time District Coach of the Year recipient, a two time Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee Coach of the Year recipient, and an A.F. Bridges TSSAA Coach of the Year recipient. Coach Hibdon has also been involved with college recruiting as fifteen of his players over the last ten years have signed college scholarships. “When I begin the process of hiring a new coach, I pray God will deliver us someone who is passionate about the Lord and someone who has a burning desire to mentor young people in their walk with Christ,” said Dr. Stacy Hall, Truett-McConnell’s Director of Athletics. “I pray for someone who shares our commitment to academics and community service and for someone who has an insatiable appetite for winning championships. Chad Hibdon is that man,” Hall said. “When I first met Chad and his wonderful wife Lea, I instantly had a peace come over me as if they were already part of the family. Chad is exactly the kind of coach I want my daughter playing basketball for.” Hibdon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Truett-McConnell women’s team. While at Blackman High, Hibdon worked on creating an atmosphere in the program of commitment, stewardship, tradition and a sense of pride that enveloped the school and local community; their mission was to give, grow, love and win – something that is evident by his teams continued success throughout his tenure there from 2008 to 2014. “I and my family would like to thank Dr. Caner and Dr. Hall for the opportunity to become part of the TruettMcConnell family,” Hibdon said. “I am blessed and honored to serve and lead the women’s basketball program and be part of a wonderful faculty and staff. We are excited to bring our family to such a friendly community and I look forward to creating a culture of excellence in all aspects of our women’s basketball program.” Hibdon received his Masters of Education from Lipscomb University and his Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness from Middle Tennessee State University. He is married to wife Lea, has a three year old son, and is expecting their second child soon. A press conference to welcome Coach Hibdon to Truett-McConnell is currently being scheduled.