Hoosiers Add New Assistant Coach
April 30, 2002
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana women's basketball head coach Kathi Bennett announced the hiring of Paul Nixon as an assistant coach on her staff.
Nixon comes to IU after having spent the last three seasons as an assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi. While with the Lady Eagles, Nixon served as the program's recruiting coordinator. Among his other administrative duties were scouting and game preparation. On the court, Nixon worked primarily with the posts and helped Southern Miss to the 2000 Women's National Invitation Tournament.
"Paul has an incredible work ethic and is going to help us tremendously with our recruiting efforts," Bennett said. "He is very charismatic and I know our players are going to love working with him."
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Nixon was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Nevada for two years. While at Nevada, his recruiting class was ranked 42nd in the nation in 1998-99 and included the 1999-2000 Big West Freshman of the Year, Kate Smith. The 1997-98 team posted best record in the school's history. Among Nixon's other responsibilities at Nevada were scouting and individual player development. He also oversaw the team's summer camp.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to come to Indiana University and to be working with Coach Bennett, Coach Betthauser and Coach Moore," Nixon said. "The tradition of basketball at Indiana speaks for itself, and I feel like we can be competitive nationally for the top recruits."
Nixon also spent four seasons at Marshall University, where he recruited two Southern Conference Freshmen of the Year. The 1996-97 team won the Southern Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
A 1993 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Nixon spent four years as a team manager for the Commodore men's squad, eventually becoming the head manager. He received his master's degree from Marshall in athletic administration in 1996.
Nixon prepped at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Ga., where he was a three-year letterwinner in basketball and was his class valedictorian. During his senior season, he was named his team captain and most valuable player. He earned GISA all-state honors in basketball. Nixon also lettered in soccer and track. He helped his track team win the GISA AAA state championship.
He will step in to replace former assistant Matt Bollant, who recently accepted a job as the head coach at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.
"Paul is going to fit in great because he is passionate about winning championships," Bennett said.