Alford announces addition of Nate Dixon as assistant coach

RENO, Nevada – Nevada men’s basketball program and head coach Steve Alford have announced the addition of Nate Dixon to the staff as an assistant coach.

“Nate is known for his character, integrity and work ethic,” Alford said. “He brings a wealth of experience with consistent success, including in the Mountain West Conference. We are incredibly excited to have Nate, his wife Kristin and two sons Walker and Hunter join the Wolf Pack family.”

Dixon is excited to begin his new role at Nevada, saying, “I am incredibly excited about the opportunity for my family and me to join such a prestigious university, program and community with a great history of success. We have experiencing firsthand the passion that I look forward to getting started and helping build on the upward trajectory the program has been on.”

Dixon brings a wealth of experience to the Wolf Pack program, having spent more than 25 seasons as a collegiate basketball coach at 12 different programs during his career.

Dixon has been very successful throughout his career, as he has been part of six conference championship teams and helped lead five teams to the NCAA tournament (three in Division I and two in Division II). Dixon has been rated as one of the top mid-major assistants by both Basketball Times and HoopScoop Online and has twice served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors. Dixon was also invited to the Jay Bilas Coaches Leadership Program in 2022 and he was selected to participate in the prestigious TopConnect Virtual Seminar 2020. Formerly known as Villa 7, Top Connect was created in 2003 and aims to provide the best to identify the nation’s basketball assistant coaches.

No stranger to the Mountain West, Dixon joins Nevada’s staff after recently taking on the role of head assistant coach at Utah State, a position he held from 2021-2023.

While at Utah State, Dixon worked primarily with the Aggies’ front court and helped coach two All-Mountain West selections in Justin Bean and Brandon Horvath. Dixon helped Utah State secure an at-large bid to the 2023 NCAA Tournament as the Aggies earned the No. 10 seed in the South Region. Utah State finished the 2022-2023 season with a 26-9 overall record, including a 13-5 mark in Mountain West play.

Prior to his time in Logan, Utah, Dixon spent five seasons as the head assistant coach at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) from 2016 to 2021.

Dixon helped the Retrievers to three 20-win seasons, two trips to the America East Tournament Championship game, one conference tournament title in 2018 and one regular season championship in 2020-2021. Dixon was part of the coaching staff that helped lead UMBC to an NCAA Tournament victory in 2018, as the Retrievers made history by becoming the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history after UMBC defeated top-seeded Virginia in the first round.

Dixon helped guide four all-conference selections during his time at UMBC, including two-time America East All-Defensive Team honoree and 2018 America East Defensive Player of the Year KJ Maura. At one point, Dixon was named one of the top five assistant coaches in the America East Conference by Stadium.

Before joining the UMBC program, Dixon spent one season as Associate Head Coach at Lenoir-Rhyne in 2015-16. While with the Bears, Dixon helped the program reach the Sweet-16 for the first time in school history.

Dixon spent the previous four seasons with Lenoir-Rhyne as an assistant coach at Charlotte, where he was the team’s technology and scouting assistant.

Before joining Charlotte, Dixon spent time at Wyoming (2010-11), Louisiana-Lafayette (2009-10), New Orleans (2007-09), Louisiana-Monroe (2005-07), Florida (2003-05 ), and Stetson (2001-2003). Dixon also had two stints at Division II schools, as he was on the staff at Queens University (1998-2001) and Belmont Abbey (1997-98).

Dixon was instrumental in helping recruit and build the Florida squad that won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. The Gators’ roster had an abundance of talent and future NBA players during and after his time there, including David Lee. , Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Marreese Speights and Corey Brewer, among others.

While at Queens, Dixon helped lead the Royals to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including one Elite Eight appearance.

Originally from Sparta, North Carolina, Dixon played two seasons of collegiate basketball at Gardner-Webb and one season at LaGrange (Ga.). Dixon graduated from UNC Wilmington in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Nevada is coming off a stellar season that saw the Pack earn their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and finish the year with a 26-6 overall record. Alford and his staff have brought in a plethora of new talent this season as Nevada looks to compete for a Mountain West Championship and secure the program’s third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

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