Athletics

Head Coach David Hixon '75

Hixon

Contact Information:
ddhixon@amherst.edu
413-542-2069 (office)

In 32 seasons, three-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Northeast Region Coach of the Year and 2006-07 NABC National Coach of the Year Dave Hixon '75 has molded the Amherst men's basketball program into one of the finest in the nation. As the winningest coach in school history, the 8th winningest active Division III coach in the nation and the 12th winningest coach in NCAA Division III history (by total wins, as listed in the 2007 NCAA Record Book), Hixon has guided the Jeffs to a 598-232 overall record, 12 NCAA Tournaments, 13 ECAC Tournaments, 16 Little Three titles and NESCAC Championships in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 while posting a 21-5 record in NESCAC tournament play.

During his tenure, the Jeffs have continually excelled in the postseason, claiming four ECAC Championships (including consecutive titles in 1995 and 1996) and advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1994 and 2003, and the NCAA Final Four in 2004 and 2006. In 2001, Hixon was honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Jeffs to a 22-6 overall mark, tying the school record for single-season victories, which the Jeffs subsequently shattered with 24 victories in 2002-03, 27 wins in 2003-04 and 28 wins in 2005-06. Amherst's records and Hixon's achievements were blown away during the 2006-07 season, as the Lord Jeffs compiled an astonishing 30-2 record en route to the program's first ever national championship. For his team's success, Hixon was named the National Coach of the Year by d3Hoops.com and the NABC. Hixon brought his team back to the national title game the following year, but the Lord Jeffs came up short to finish the 2007-08 season at 27-4.

Hixon has also worked as an assistant coach with the women's soccer team. He and his wife, UMass Amherst diving coach Mandy Hixon, have two sons, Matthew and Michael. Hixon and his father, former Andover High School coaching legend Wil Hixon, were inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

This season Hixon will once again be helped by assistant coaches Ron Buelow and Mike Rejniak, also welcoming John Halas to the staff. 

David Hixon's Career Coaching Record
(33rd season, 612-243 overall)

1977-78: 10-12
1978-79: 10-13
1979-80: 16-8
1980-81: 14-7
1981-82: 18-7
1982-83: 16-7
1983-84: 11-12
1984-85: 10-13
1985-86: 16-9
1986-87: 20-5
1987-88: 21-5
1988-89: 18-7
1989-90: 14-10
1990-91: 9-14
1991-92: 16-9
1992-93: 15-8
1993-94: 22-5
1994-95: 18-9
1995-96: 21-6
1996-97: 21-5
1997-98: 20-5
1998-99: 16-8
1999-00: 19-6
2000-01: 22-6
2001-02: 22-7
2002-03: 24-5
2003-04: 27-5
2004-05: 26-2
2005-06: 28-4
2006-07: 30-2
2007-08: 27-4
2008-09: 21-7
2009-10: 14-11