ODU Wrestling looking for fans to come out and support the team at Sewell's Point Golf Course
Dixon talks about the 2011-12 squad and ODU's recent national ranking
ODU hosts their first dual of the 2011-12 season this weekend
Mike Dixon enters his eighth season with the Monarch wrestling program in 2012-13 after serving 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 seven seasons.
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 upperweight 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.