Hixon led Amherst to a 26-2 record, its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Round of 16 and the programís third NESCAC Championship in the last five years.
Amherst's Hixon, Schiel, Bedford Earn NABC Northeast Region Honors
March 22, 2005
AMHERST, MA - Amherst Collegeís Dave Hixon í75 was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Northeast Region Coach of the Year for the second straight season on Tuesday, while senior co-captain forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA) was voted Northeast Region Player of the Year and First-Team All-Region, and junior guard John Bedford (Ridgewood, NJ) earned Second-Team NABC All-Northeast Region honors.
Hixon, who was recently named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year as well, led Amherst to a 26-2 record, its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Round of 16 and the programís third NESCAC Championship in the last five years. As the winningest coach in school history, the 10th winningest active Division III coach in the nation and the 19th winningest coach in NCAA Division III history (by total wins, as listed in the 2005 NCAA Record Book), Hixon has guided the Jeffs to a 492-215 overall record, eight NCAA Tournaments and 13 Little Three titles.
Schiel, an Honorable Mention All-America as a junior and a Preseason All-America this year, earned NESCAC Player of the Year, First-Team All-NESCAC and First-Team D3hoops.com All-Region honors after finishing among the conference and/or national leaders in a variety of statistical categories, including scoring (17.1 ppg), field goal percentage (57.3%), free throw percentage (74.5%), three-point field goal percentage (36.5%) and blocked shots (1.93/gm). One of ten finalists for the Jostens Trophy, awarded annually to the NCAA Division III national player of the year, Schiel graduates as Amherstís seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,408 career points.
Like Schiel, Bedford was a First-Team All-NESCAC selection (and Third-Team D3hoops.com All-Region pick) after finishing among the conference statistical leaders in a bevy of categories, including scoring (15.2 ppg), field goal percentage (50.7%), free throw percentage (74.8%) and three-point field goal percentage (37.8%). He scored in double figures in 25 of Amherstís 28 games, including a string of 18 straight through the end of the postseason, and currently stands 22nd on Amherstís all-time scoring list with 974 career points.
2004-05 NABC Menís Basketball Division III All-Northeast Region Team
Andrew Schiel* (Amherst)
Brice Assie (Western Connecticut St.)
Ryan Cain (WPI)
Nick Pelotte (Plymouth St.)
Ifesinachi Anosike (Salem St.)
Andrew St. Clair (Colby-Sawyer)
Tyler Rhoten (Trinity)
Bryan Lambert (Brandeis)
Tucker Kain (Williams)
John Bedford (Amherst)
Demetrius DeJesus (Lasell)
Coach of the Year
David Hixon (Amherst College)
*Player of the Year