Mike Dixon enters his 12th season with the Monarch wrestling program. He was named associate head coach in 2014-15, after serving as an assistant coach from 2007-14 and as a volunteer assistant for the 2005-06 campaign.
With head coach Steve Martin, Dixon has helped put Old Dominion on the map nationally over the last 11 seasons.
In 2015-16, Dixon helped navigate Chris Mecate to a fifth-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships to become ODU's first-ever back-to-back DI All-American. Under his guidance, Jack Dechow reached his third-straight NCAA Championship and turned in a 3-2 mark at the tournament. As a team, the Monarchs reeled in their third-straight top-25 finish at NCAAs and captured their 500th program win with a thrilling 19-18 criteria victory over Northern Illinois on Feb. 19. Off the mats, four grapplers were named to the All-MAC Academic Team while Jack Dechow was announced as a MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete and Austin Coburn earned a MAC Presidential Award.
The 2015 SAAC Staffer of the Year, Dixon helped lead ODU to a second place finish at the Mid-American Conference Championship and also tied the program record with seven NCAA qualifiers during the 2014-15 season. Chris Mecate and Alexander Richardson each earned All-American honors, marking the first time since 1991 that two ODU wrestlers have achieved that feat in the same season. Tristan Warner was the recipient of the NCAA’s Elite 89 award for the second consecutive season, becoming just the second division I wrestler to earn the award in back-to-back seasons. ODU finished in 22nd place at the national tournament and closed out the season ranked No. 22 in the NWCA Coaches Poll.
Dixon helped propel the Monarchs to a regular season conference championship in 2012-13, as the squad went 6-0 in CAA dual meet action. In November, Dixon and the Monarchs defeated the No. 25 ranked team in the country, Wisconsin, 19-12. The following week, the Monarchs toppled the eight-time team national champions in Iowa State (22-13) in Ames, Iowa in front of over 2,000 fans.
Individually, ODU sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. Redshirt 197-pounder Kevin Beazley defeated three nationally-ranked opponents en-route to a sixth place finish at the prestigious Midlands Tournament and claimed a FILA Junior National title in Greco-Roman at 96 kilos in April.
In 2011-12, Dixon helped lead ODU earn a top-25 team ranking while capturing a school record seven qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. Scott Festejo and Te Edwards each won CAA titles for ODU while the Monarchs stunned ranked foes Iowa State, Rutgers and Central Michigan during the season.
Dixon and the Monarchs had three national qualifiers in 2010-11 with James Nicholson earning All-American honors. Dixon led a young upper-weight group that improved throughout the year, as Tristan Warner (174) earned freshman All-CAA honors.
The Indiana native helped three Monarchs qualify for the NCAA Championships in 2009-10, helping Chris Brown to an eighth place finish that earned him all-American honors.
Dixon guided one of the best teams in Monarch history in 2008-09. The squad was ranked 16th in the country in the final dual meet rankings and posted a victory over nationally-ranked Hofstra to claim the regular season CAA title. The team also had a Top 20 finish in the NCAA Tournament with a national finalist.
In 2007-08, the team was ranked in the Top 20 for the first time in school history and finished with a record of 17-3 in duals. He helped qualify six wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament, the most ever for Old Dominion. Old Dominion took second at the CAA Tournament for the third straight year.
Dixon came to Old Dominion after serving as an assistant coach at James Madison University. While at JMU he coached two conference place winners and brought in the most credentialed recruiting class since the university dropped scholarships in 2000. Among his recruits included three state titles and three runner-up finishes.
Prior to his stint at JMU, Dixon coached four Academic All-Americans, five national qualifiers, and the most wrestlers in the school's history to finish in the top twelve in the country with three, at the University of Indianapolis.
Dixon also spent some time as an assistant coach with Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, coaching four individual conference champions, two sectional finalists, and a city champion, the school's first ever freshman to win a city championship.
A 2001 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in management, Dixon was a four-year varsity letter winner for the Hoosiers. An NCAA qualifier, he was a 2001 University National Freestyle Champion and placed fourth at the Pan American Games.
In 2012, Dixon earned his master's degree in education from Old Dominion.
Dixon assists in recruiting, putting together work out regimens, and coaching and scheduling practices.