College Sports

January 13, 2013

Clinton's Dixon still has the passion to remain coaching


“You see the difference in the kids and it helps keep

me young.”

The Clinton women’s soccer team has advanced to the regional tournament every year since 2000.

The Cougars went unbeaten in 2003 and captured the NJCAA Division III national championship in 2010. Dixon’s career coaching record stands at 169-55-12.

Dixon’s women’s basketball teams have compiled a 181-235 overall record, including two trips to the Elite Eight the past two years. Last season, the Cougars set a school record with 19 wins.

Dixon has been chosen Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year two times in soccer, as well as being the MVC Coach of the Year and the Region III Coach of the Year in basketball last season.

She was national soccer Coach of the Year in 2010 and 48 percent of her athletes have graduated, well above the college average.

“Donna, as a coach, pushed you to the limit,” said former soccer standout Kaleen McCool. “She definitely got the best out of you and was a mentor both on and off the field. She was always there to support us — she was like a family member.

“She’s personable and was there to advise us when it was needed. She’s a great member of the community and not having her coach would not only impact the sports program at Clinton, but it would also be difficult for the college to find that caliber a coach.”

The college’s regular board meeting will be held on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Theatre and a large number of parents, former players and current players, including McCool, Kim and Emily Lashway, Saania Duprey and Karissa House-Devins, will be there to speak on

Dixon’s behalf.

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