When David Hixon arrived at Amherst College in the fall of 1971, basketball consumed his every thought. The son of a coach, Hixon played basketball at Amherst for four seasons before graduating with a degree in psychology, and a real desire to turn coaching into a career. At age 24, Hixon accepted a position as the head men’s basketball coach at Amherst College. He never left his alma mater. In 42 seasons, Hixon won 826 games, eight conference titles, and two NCAA Division III national championships. In 2007, the NABC named Hixon Division III Coach of the Year for leading his squad to a 30-2 record and the national title. In 2013, Hixon and Amherst duplicated the effort, again finishing 30-2 with the national title and the NABC Coach of the Year award. The five-time conference Coach of the Year also led Amherst to seven Final Four appearances, and more often than not his teams came out on top in the classic battles waged against archrival Williams College.