Wilson pleased to add Dixon, Heinbaugh to ASC men's basketball staff
Two former players join Wilson as assistant coaches for 2011-12 season
ALAMOSA, Colo. – Adams State head men’s basketball coach Louis Wilson has announced that a pair of former players, Steve Dixon, who played under Wilson at Idaho State, and Seth Heinbaugh, a 2011 ASC grad, have joined the Grizzlies’ coaching staff.
Dixon, who played at Idaho State from 2000 to 2002, will assist with the Adams State varsity team as the offensive coordinator, while Heinbaugh will take the reins of the men’s basketball developmental squad, now entering its second year.
Most recently, Dixon served as an assistant at Snow (Utah) Junior College during the 2010-11 campaign. In that time, Dixon helped the Badgers to an 18-13 mark, as well as a 4-1 home record that included back-to-back victories against top-ranked North Idaho and 12th-ranked Southern Idaho, the eventual national champions.
Dixon began his collegiate career at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., from 1996-97, before serving on a LDS mission trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1997-99. Upon returning from his mission trip, Dixon spent one more year at Otero JC before heading to Idaho State. After finishing his playing days at Idaho State, Dixon spent time as a student assistant on the coaching staff for the Bengals.\
He then took his degree in international studies and attended Creighton Law School in Omaha, Neb., from2003-06, and returned to his hometown of Las Vegas, Nev., where he practiced law for four years.
“Steve is as big an addition to our team as any player we have signed,” said Wilson. “He is a bright, passionate and committed coach. His versatility and experience are going to be huge assets to our program, and he I could not be more pleased to have him here with us.”
Heinbaugh joins that ASC staff after helping to lead the Grizzlies to a NCAA Division II-era (1992-93/Present) record with 20 wins during the 2010-11 season as well as the program’s second trip to the NCAA tournament. A human performance and physical education major as an undergrad, Heinbaugh will coach the developmental squad while pursuing his Master’s in exercise science.
As a player, Heinbaugh started 84 games at ASC and was one game shy of matching the career record of 122 games played. Initially recruited to Adams State to play football, Heinbaugh used his strength and size to grab a Division II-era program record 681 rebounds.
“Seth has been a constant at Adams State for the last five years,” added Wilson. “He has represented this college and our program the way that you would want a student-athlete to, and his transition to an assistant coach is a natural one.He has demonstrated leadership through his warrior mentality and I am very confident that he will continue to do so as a leader from the bench.”
Wilson also noted that “though his demeanor is quiet and unassuming, I know that our younger kids could not have a better role model to guide them. “
Adams State is scheduled to kick-off the 2011-12 season with a pair of exhibition games in Utah. There, they’ll take on the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 4, and Utah State in Ogden on Saturday, Nov. 5.