May 19, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer made the announcement on Wednesday that Nate Dixon has been hired as an assistant coach for the Cowboy basketball team.
Dixon comes to Wyoming with over 13 years of experience at the college level and has been rated as one of the top mid-major assistant coaches in the nation by Basketball Times and HoopScoop Online. He has coached six conference championship teams (regular season and postseason combined) and helped guide four teams to the NCAA Tournament (two at the both the Division I Division II levels).
"I am really excited about adding Nate to our staff. I have known him for over 10 years and he is a great human being," Schroyer said. "Nate brings over 13 years of college experience to Wyoming. He is a great on-the-floor coach and is also a heck of a recruiter. I feel like Nate really fits with our current staff and will make our staff complete."
"I feel good about being here at Wyoming," Dixon said. "I have known Heath for a long time and I really respect him as a head coach and a leader. I am excited about the good, young group of guys that are here and I am looking forward to helping build a bright future for Cowboy basketball. I hope to add to this program in any way that I can.
"My family and I are looking forward to making Laramie and the University of Wyoming our home. During the few days I have been here, I have already met some unbelievably great people."
Dixon comes to Wyoming after spending the 2009-10 season at Louisiana-Lafayette as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. There, he coached the Sun Belt Player of the Year Tyren Johnson and helped lead the Ragin' Cajuns to a 9-0 conference record at home.
Prior to his season at Louisiana-Lafayette, Dixon was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at New Orleans (2007-09) and Louisiana-Monroe (2005-07).
At New Orleans, Dixon helped land one of the best recruiting classes in the Sun Belt Conference in 2008-09, according to numerous recruiting services. He also coached the Sun Belt's all-time leading scorer, Bo McCalebb.
At Louisiana-Monroe, Dixon helped lead the Warhawks to a share of the 2006-07 Sun Belt West Division Championship. He recruited Tony Hopper (an All-Sun Belt player and CBS Southland Freshman of the Year) and Jonas Brown (2007 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year).
Dixon worked at Florida under head coach Billy Donovan and associate head coach Larry Shyatt during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. As an associate to the head coach, he handled various administrative duties. He also helped land a tremendous recruiting class at Florida that went on to win back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. In his last season at Florida, the Gators won the SEC Tournament for the first time in school history.
Dixon began his college coaching career as an assistant coach in the Division II level. He worked at Belmont Abbey (1997-98) and Queens University (1998-2001). He helped guide Queens to an Elite 8 and Sweet 16 appearance in back-to-back seasons. In the Division II ranks, he recruited eventual First Team All-Americans J.R. Gamble (Queens) and Byron Johnson (Belmont Abbey).
Dixon's first Division I job came as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. between 2001-03. There he recruited the 2003 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, E.J. Gordon.
Dixon began his coaching career in the high school ranks at Toms River South High School in Toms River, N.J. in 1994. He also coached at the AAU level for the Jersey Shore Warriors in Wall, N.J.
From 1998-2001, Dixon served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Assistant Coaches Board of Directors.
Dixon played for two seasons and spent a redshirt season at Gardner-Webb University. He also spent one year at LaGrange College and played for the Jersey Shore Pro-Am team for three summers. He graduated from UNC Wilmington in 1994 with a degree in communication and a minor in business.
Dixon and his wife, the former Kristin Fabrizio, have two sons: Walker (7) and Hunter (6).