Athletics

Head Coach David Hixon '75

Hixon

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

In 34 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, tied for fifth winningest amongst active Division III coaches in the nation and tied for seventh in NCAA Division III history, Hixon has guided the Jeffs to a 637-247 overall record, 13 NCAA Tournaments, 13 ECAC Tournaments, 16 Little Three titles, and NESCAC Championships in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 while posting a 22-7 record in NESCAC tournament play.

During his tenure, Hixon, the 2001 NESCAC Coach of the Year, has guided Amherst to seven NCAA Quarterfinal appearances, reaching the national semifinals on four occasions, while capturing the program’s first national championship in 2007 – setting the school record for wins (30) in the process. Under his tutelage, the Lord Jeffs returned to the title game the following season, finishing as the national runner-up with a 27-4 mark. Since 2000-01, Amherst has solidified its place as a perennial national power, averaging 24 wins per season, with Hixon recording an impressive .824 winning percentage during that span.

Hixon has also worked as an assistant coach with Amherst's 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.

 

David Hixon's Career Coaching Record
(35th season, 663-250 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
2010-11: 25-4
2011-12: 26-3