Nate Dixon rejoins Ryan Odom’s staff after serving as the new Retriever bench boss’ associate head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne in 2015-16. He previously worked alongside Coach Odom at Charlotte.
During the first three years in Baltimore, Dixon has helped lead the Retrievers to three 20 win seasons and two trips to the America East Tournament Championship game. In 2018-19, UMBC finished with a 21-13 record earning a return trip to the America East Championship game.
In 2017-18, the Retrievers made history by winning their first America East Championship since 2008 on a buzzer beater against Vermont. That would spark a historic run for the Retrievers that saw them become the first 16 seed to upset a one seed in the NCAA Tournament with a 74-54 win against overall one seed Virginia. He coached Jairus Lyles, who finished his career with the Retrievers second all-time in scoring and who is currently with the Salt Lake Stars of the NBA G League.
UMBC reached 20 wins in a season for the third time in 30 years and first since 2007-08 in 2016-17 reaching the semifinals of the CIT Tournament, ultimately falling to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Prior to his stint in Hickory, N.C. at Lenoir-Rhyne, Dixon spent the previous four years at Charlotte, where he served the team's Technology and Scouting Assistant. He served for one year as an assistant men's basketball coach at Wyoming (2010-11).
In all, Dixon has been a part of six conference championship teams - regular season and postseason combined - and helped lead four teams to the NCAA Tournament (two at Division I and two at Division II). Dixon has also been rated as one of the top mid-major assistants by both Basketball Times and HoopScoop Online.
Before Wyoming, Dixon coached at several other NCAA Division I schools, including Louisiana-Lafayette (2009-10), New Orleans (2007-09), Louisiana-Monroe (2005-07), Florida (2003-05) and Stetson (2001-03).
At Louisiana-Monroe, the Warhawks won the Sun Belt West Division Championship in their first season the league in 2006-07. They were picked to finish last in the Sun Belt preseason polls that year and ended the season 14-0 at home. He recruited Tony Hopper (a three-time All-Sun Belt player and CBS Southland Freshman of the Year) and Jonas Brown (2007 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year). Hopper finished his career ranked first in steals, second in three-pointers made, sixth in scoring and seventh in assists in school history.
During his two-year stint with Florida, the Gators won the 2005 Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship while Dixon coached several future NBA players including David Lee, Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah. He also helped land a tremendous recruiting class at Florida that went on to win back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.
Dixon's NCAA Division II stops as an assistant coach included Belmont Abbey (1997-98) and Queens (1998-00) while the Royals went to the Elite Eight and Sweet 16 in consecutive seasons during his two years at the Charlotte, N.C., school.
Dixon, who also served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) Board of Directors from 1998 to 2001, graduated from UNC Wilmington in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in communications.
The native of Sparta, N.C. played one year at LaGrange (Ga.) and two seasons at Gardner-Webb in addition to three summers with the Jersey Shore Pro-Am.
Dixon and his wife, the former Kristin Fabrizio, have two sons, Walker and Hunter.