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Old Dominion promotes Mike Dixon to associate head wrestling coach

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Old Dominion University wrestling has promoted long-time staff member Mike Dixon to associate head coach, the Virginia-based school announced Monday.

Dixon is about to embark on his tenth season as a Monarch coach. The former Indiana University wrestler first came to ODU in 2005 as a volunteer assistant.

In addition to coaching, Dixon is responsible for a number of aspects, including recruiting, academics, putting together work-out regimens, scheduling practices, and travel arrangements. In terms of recruiting, Dixon has been responsible for bringing in four Top 10 recruiting classes. In the past five years, Old Dominion has ranked among the Top 20 recruiting classes.

Prior to coming to ODU, Dixon also coached at James Madison University, University of Indianapolis, and Arsenal High School in Indianapolis.

As a wrestler at Indiana, 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.

“This promotion is our way of recognizing Mike’s commitment to the Old Dominion wrestling program,” said Monarch head coach Steve Martin. “Mike is one of the top assistant coaches in the country and we wanted to make sure that he knew how important he is to our current and future success.”

“I would like to personally thank Coach Martin for the great leadership he has provided to this program during my time here at Old Dominion,” said Dixon. “Under his vision, many milestones have been set and continue to be achieved. I am extremely pleased to be a part of that vision and am very thankful and humbled to be named an Associate Head Coach. I am very proud to be a part of the Old Dominion Monarch family and look forward to for many years to come.”

Located in Norfolk, Va., Old Dominion University was founded in 1930 as an extension of the College of William and Mary. According to the school's official website, ODU became an independent institution in 1962, and a university in 1969. Old Dominion’s NCAA Division I wrestling team, the Monarchs, just completed its first season in the Mid-American Conference.

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