David Hixon '75
Photo by Erik Andrews '09
Men's Basketball head coach David Hixon '75 is the winningest coach in Amherst history with 497 victories under his belt.

Amherst's Hixon Approaches 500th Career Victory

December 8, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College head men's basketball coach David Hixon '75 is rapidly approaching his 500th career victory and is ready to join an elite group of collegiate coaches in NCAA history. With just three more wins, he will become the 119th coach to reach the 500-victory plateau, and just the 17th coach in Division III history to hit the mark. The milestone will also move Hixon and his father, former Andover High School coaching great Wil Hixon, one step closer to a combined 1,000 wins for their careers. The pair were inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on September 19, 2003.

Already 5-0 in his 29th season, David Hixon has guided the Jeffs, ranked fourth in the d3hoops.com national poll, to a 497-215 record in his career. Amherst faces Worcester State College on Saturday at 2 p.m., and follows with Emmanuel College on Monday night at 7 p.m., hopefully pushing Hixon to 499 wins to close 2005. Hixon could potentially earn No. 500 with the Jeffs' first game of 2006, a January 2 matchup against Pomona-Pitzer at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Wil Hixon posted 469 wins in his coaching career and with Amherst's success of recent years, the pair could reach 1,000 victories as soon as next season.

The winningest coach in school history, the eighth winningest active Division III coach in the nation and the 17th winningest coach in NCAA Division III history (by total wins, as listed in the 2006 NCAA Record Book), David Hixon has also led Amherst to eight NCAA Tournaments, 13 ECAC Tournaments, 13 Little Three titles and NESCAC Championships in 2001, 2002 and 2005, while posting a 13-2 record in NESCAC Tournament play.

"It's a great honor that I share with everyone who has been part of my 29 years at Amherst," said Hixon. "It reminds me of all the great players and people that have played in the Amherst program. I've never been a coach to pay attention to numbers. The passion and the relationships have been the important parts of my career." He continued, "Basketball is something that my father and I have always shared. We won a state title together when I was in high school, and then we were inducted into the New England Hall of Fame together. I'm looking forward to sharing our 1,000th victory with him and adding to the list of things that have tied us within this game."

Hixon has been with the Jeffs' men's basketball team since enrolling as a first-year student in 1971. He began his head coaching stint at Amherst at 24 years old, taking over for long-time head coach Rick Wilson, who served at Amherst from 1948-to-1977. Under Hixon's tutelage, the Jeffs have displayed a wealth of postseason success, claiming four ECAC Championships (including consecutive titles in 1995 and 1996) and advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals in both 1994 and 2003 before earning the college's first-ever trip to the national semifinals in 2004. In 2001, 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 single-season victories, which the Jeffs subsequently shattered with 24 victories in 2002-03 and 27 wins in 2003-04. He was tabbed the conference coach of the year again in 2004-05 after heading a 26-2 campaign and posting the highest single-season win percentage (92.9%) in the college's history. Hixon grabbed New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) Division III Coach of the Year honors for the 2003-04 campaign and was awarded National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2004-05.