Toomey, Hixon Garner NABC and D3hoops.com Postseason Accolades
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Aaron Toomey ’14 was named the NABC and D3hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year, while David Hixon ’75 was tabbed the NABC Northeast Coach of the Year. Toomey also garnered first-team All-America recognition from the NABC as the Jeffs continued to rake in postseason accolades leading up to this weekend’s NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, Va.
Picking up his second-consecutive regional Player of the Year award from both organizations, Toomey nabbed a spot on the D3hoops.com and NABC all-region first teams for the third-straight season. Also a three-time All-NESCAC first teamer and two-time conference Player of the Year, the senior tri-captain makes his second appearance on the NABC All-America Team.
Leading the league in free throw percentage (.912), assists (6.4), free throws (6.2) and three-pointers (3.1) made per game, he sits second in the NESCAC in points (20.5) and steals (2.0) per outing. Becoming the first 2,000-point scorer in program history after netting 31 against Morrisville St. in the national quarterfinals, he upped his career total to 2,030.
Already the school’s record holder for career free throws (606) and triples (290) made, Toomey broke his own benchmark for single-season free throws (187) and is on pace to surpass the Jeffs’ single-season mark for free throw percentage (.912). Entering Friday’s showdown against archrival Williams, he is just three treys shy of tying Jamal Wilson ’97 for the team’s single-season three-point record of 96 set in 1996-97.
Posting three double-doubles on the year, he had a triple double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against Williams in the NESCAC championship game. The senior point guard also had 15 points and 12 boards against York (N.Y.) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, before tallying 15 points and 12 assists against Plattsburgh in the Sweet 16. Scoring 31 points in the Elite 8, he had eight rebounds and four assists, while shooting 7-of-15 from the floor, 6-of-9 from three and 11-of-11 from the charity stripe with zero turnovers in 40 minutes.
Scoring in double digits in all but three games this season, he has netted at least 20 points on 15 occasions. Pouring in a career-high 37 points on 9-of-12 shooting against Westfield St. on Dec. 3, he had 36 points with six rebounds and four assists against Trinity in the NESCAC semifinals. The league’s Player of the Week on Jan. 13 he averaged 20.0 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in wins against ECSU, Hamilton and Williams. Seven days later, he averaged 21.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists against Wesleyan, Tufts and Bates to repeat as the conference’s Player of the Week.
Capturing his second-consecutive NABC regional Coach of the Year award, Hixon was also recently named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time (2014, 2013, 2005, 2001). In 37 seasons at the helm of his alma mater, Hixon has amassed a 720-255 overall record, picking up his milestone 700th victory against Babson on Dec. 12.
His 720 wins rank fourth on the list of active Division III coaches and are the fourth most all-time. This season, Hixon helped guide Amherst to an unprecedented third-straight (seventh overall) conference championship en route to the program’s sixth national semifinal appearance since 2004. Since 2000-01, he has posted a .843 winning percentage, going 349-65 during that span, averaging 27 wins per season.