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Amherst Men's Basketball Coaching Staff


Dave Hixon '75
Head Coach Dave Hixon '75

Ron Beulow
Asst. Coach Ron Beulow

Rey Harp '97
Asst. Coach Rey Harp '97

Luke Flockerzi
Asst. Coach Luke Flockerzi

Mark Haymore
Asst. Coach Mark Haymore

    Entering his 25th season, Head Coach 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 14th winningest active Division III coach in the nation (by total wins) and the 39th winningest coach in NCAA Division III history (by winning percentage), Hixon has guided the Jeffs to a 394-197 overall record, four NCAA Tournaments, 13 ECAC Tournaments and nine Little Three titles, while his 2000-01 club claimed a share of the regular-season NESCAC Championship and ran away with the conference's inaugural Postseason Championship Tournament. 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 second round in 1997, 2000 and 2001 after a Cinderella run to the NCAA "Elite Eight" in 1994. This past season 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 wins in a season. Hixon has also worked as an assistant coach with the women's soccer team and currently serves as Amherst's associate athletic director. He and his wife, Amherst diving coach Mandy Hixon, have two sons, Matthew and Michael.

Ron Buelow enters his 17th season as head coach Dave Hixon's top assistant with a wealth of experience in collegiate and high school athletics under his belt. In addition to his duties at Amherst, Buelow served 15 seasons as the head baseball coach and 18 seasons as the head boys' basketball coach at nearby Ware High School, where he continues to work as a physical education teacher. He is also the former director of the prestigious Dave Cowens Basketball School, and captained the baseball team at Plymouth State College before graduating in 1967. Buelow resides in Ware with his wife Jean. They have two grown children, Bill and Jennifer, and three grandchildren.

Assistant Coach Rey Harp, Jr. '97 enters his fifth season as an Amherst assistant after starting out as a team manager and statistician in 1993-94 and moving to the Jeffs' bench in 1996-97. Harp is an Amherst graduate with a degree in sociology and teaches and coaches a variety of sports in the Northampton School System.

Luke Flockerzi enters his first season in college coaching while working as a graduate teaching assistant and pursuing a master's degree in sports management at nearby UMass-Amherst. He was a standout wing player and two-year captain at Division III power Grinnell (IA) College, where he graduated with a degree in psychology and helped lead the high-scoring Pioneers to the Midwest Conference Championship in 2001. During his time on the hardwood, Grinnell shattered a number of NCAA scoring records, including single-season scoring-average (118.2 points per game in 2000-01) and most games with 100 or more points (20 - also in 2000-01), and the 5-foot-9 Flockerzi led the team in offensive rebounding for three consecutive seasons. He showed a wealth of initiative on and off the basketball court as an undergrad, serving as Grinnell's director of intramural sports from 1999 to 2001 and gaining election as president of the college's student-athlete advisory and student evaluation policy committees. Originally from Salt Lake City, Flockerzi carries extensive experience coaching basketball, baseball, tennis and golf for Nike Sports Camps and aspires to be a Division III athletic director.

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