In five-card poker, your chances of winning are pretty good with three of a kind, especially if those three cards are aces. Three coaches in NCAA Division III, all “Aces”, have shown what three of a kind can do in college basketball, combining for an incredible 2,458 wins and just 828 losses for a winning percentage of 74.8 entering the 2016-17 season*. With a combined 119 years experience and all three still actively coaching, this threesome has averaged 21 wins and seven losses, holding three of the top four highest career victory totals in Division III history. On Saturday, April 1, during the NABC Convention in Phoenix, the remarkable trio of Glenn Robinson of Franklin & Marshall College, Amherst College’s David Hixon and Steve Moore of The College of Wooster will receive the 21st annual Division III outstanding service awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. These awards recognize those who have contributed significantly “inside and outside the lines” of coaching as distinguished members of their communities. The NABC is extremely pleased to honor these gentlemen who, throughout their careers, have been outstanding coaches, great teachers, and significant leaders in their communities. They have done a terrific job in communicating strategies and techniques to their respective teams, distinguished themselves as wonderful role models to their players and associates, and embody the spirit of coaching.
Glenn Robinson, in his 46th season coaching the Diplomats, ranks first in Division III and fourth all-time in games won in all divisions of NCAA college coaching with 912 victories and 333 losses (.733). He ranks third among active coaches behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Herb Magee of Philadelphia University. Joining the F&M basketball program in 1968, a year after graduating from West Chester University where he was a collegiate standout in baseball and basketball, Robinson served as an assistant to Chuck Taylor before being named head coach in 1971. He became the second coach in Division III to coach in 1,000 games in 2008-09. The Diplomats have reached the NCAA Division III tournament 24 times, including semifinal berths five times (1979, 1991, 1996, 2000 and 2005). Robinson has earned national coach of the year awards in 1991 from the Basketball Times and in 2009 from D3Hoops.com. Inducted into several halls of fame, he was one of 12 members of the Class of 2013 for the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, a class that recognized those whose achievements brought lasting fame and recognition to the State of Pennsylvania. F&M teams have won 18 conference championships under Robinson, whose greatest legacy may be off the court as all but three players who have earned a varsity letter have earned a degree.
*All records and totals do not include the 2016-17 season
Over the last 23 seasons, David Hixon has positioned Amherst on the national stage for Division III basketball programs, winning at least 20 games in all but four seasons. His teams have reached the NCAA Division III tournament 18 times, including 10 trips to the national quarterfinals.
Steve Moore’s tenure is the shortest of this trio but his body of work has the same spectacular results. Now in his 30th season as head coach at Wooster following six seasons at Muhlenberg, Moore ranks third in all-time wins for Division III coaches with a 779-224 record, a winning percentage of .777.
Amherst has earned seven spots in the semifinals of the Division III championship, winning the national championship in 2006-07 and 2012-13. Hixon’s team lost in the NCAA title game in 2013-14.
Moore has directed the Fighting Scots to 24 NCAA tournament berths, a league-leading 17 North Coast Athletic Conference titles and a superb 692-159 won-lost record (.813).
A two-time NABC national coach of the year and a three-time NABC Northeast district coach of the year, Hixon has guided his alma mater to an overall record of 767 wins and 271 losses. His career victory total ranks third among all Division III coaches and 22nd among coaches in all divisions while his .739 winning percentage is the fifth highest in Division III men’s basketball history.
Wooster, which has won 25 or more games 11 times over the last 18 seasons, won a team record 31 games in 201011 and reached the NCAA Division III national championship game. The Scots had another 30-win season in 2002-03, reaching the NCAA semifinals, which Wooster did again in the 2006-07 season.
Amherst has also enjoyed significant success in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), winning a record seven conference championships and also became the first program to win three straight titles from 2012-14. Hixon has been active with the NABC as a member of the Division III All-America Committee for many years, including serving as the current chairman. He was the recipient of the NABC Guardians of the Game Award for leadership in 2013.
Moore has earned NCAC coach of the year honors eight times and has been the NABC district coach of the year five times. He was selected as the Ohio College Basketball Coach of the Year by the Columbus Dispatch following the 2002-03 season. Moore serves on the NABC Division III Congress, has been a member of the NABC ethics committee and the NCAA rules committee. He was the recipient of the NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Education in 2008 and has participated in the NABC Dream to Read program in local elementary schools. The Wittenberg University graduate leads several Wooster charitable initiatives each year, including Coaches vs. Cancer fundraisers, basketball clinics for local youth and encourages fans to donate food and clothing in lieu of admission at Wooster’s two annual tournaments, benefitting People-to-People ministry and Goodwill Industries.