Athletics

Head Coach David Hixon '75

Hixon

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

In 36 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 best in the nation.

With a 693-252 overall record, Hixon's .733 winning percentage is among the highest in NCAA history. His 693 wins rank fourth on the list of active Division III coaches and are the fifth most all-time, while his teams have won more NESCAC titles than any other team in the conference (5). 

Hixon has led his alma mater to 15 NCAA Tournaments, with eight of those appearances resulting in a trip to at least the national quarterfinals. The Lord Jeffs have advanced to the NCAA semifinals on five occasions, notably capturing national championships in 2006-07 and 2012-13. 

Amherst has solidified its place as a perennial national power by averaging 24 wins per season since 2000-01, with Hixon recording an impressive .830 winning percentage during that span (292-60). No team has spent more weeks in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll (150) since it was introduced in 1999, with the Lord Jeffs spending 10 weeks ranked No. 1 and 67 weeks in the top-five. From the end of the 2001-02 season to the middle of the 2008-09 campaign, Amherst spent an incredible 104 consecutive weeks ranked among the 25 teams in Division III.

Hixon and his wife, UMass Amherst diving coach Mandy Hixon, have two sons, Matthew and Michael. He 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
(36 seasons, 693-252 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
2012-13: 30-2