Dave Hixon
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Amherst head coach Dave Hixon returns to Salem, VA for another shot at a national title.

Hixon, Olson and Wheeler Add to Postseason Awards

March 16, 2007

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College men’s basketball head coach Dave Hixon has been named d3hoops.com Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region. Junior point guard Andrew Olson (San Diego, CA) was named to the All-Northeast Region First Team, while senior quad-captain Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, MN) earned a spot on the Second Team.

The Lord Jeffs are no strangers to postseason recognition, as Hixon, Olson and Wheeler have already been honored by the NESCAC, with Hixon named the conference’s Coach of the Year, Olson the Player of the Year, and both Olson and Wheeler named to the All-NESCAC First Team. Olson is among the finalists for the prestigious Bob Cousy Award, while Wheeler was selected as a finalist for the Jostens Trophy Player of the Year honor.

Hixon will look to lead Olson, Wheeler and the rest of the Lord Jeffs to the program’s first national title this weekend. Amherst takes on The College of Wooster Friday at 6 p.m.

Northeast Player of the Year
Eric Downie (Salem State)

Northeast Coach of the Year
Dave Hixon (Amherst)

All-Northeast Region First Team
Andrew Olson (Amherst, Guard)
Ryan Cain (WPI, Guard)
Eric Downie (Salem State, Forward)
Rob Stockwell (Bates, Forward)
Russ Martin (Trinity, Center)

All-Northeast Region Second Team
Kinsey Durgin (RIC, Guard)
Nick Farrell (Colby, Guard)
Jeff Prebeck (Coast Guard, Forward)
Tyler Kathan (Keene State, Forward)
Dan Wheeler (Amherst, Forward)

All-Northeast Region Third Team
Tony Barros (UMASS-Boston, Guard)
Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (Wentworth Tech, Guard)
Curtis Gadles (Westfield State, Forward)
Antoine Coleman (WPI, Forward)
Steve DeLuca (Brandeis, Forward)