Amherst College Head Men's Basketball Coach David Hixon '75 will be taking a well-deserved leave from the program during the 2019-20 season. Having dedicated the last 42 uninterrupted years to Amherst College basketball, Coach Hixon will use this break to spend time with his father and reconnect with former players still involved in all levels of the game. David's commitment to family has been consistently reflected in the way he leads his teams, and we are happy he will have this opportunity. Aaron Toomey '14, in his fifth year as an assistant coach, will serve as interim head coach, effective immediately.
Last season, Aaron took over the coaching reins for one game after the death of David's mother, leading the Mammoths to a victory over Williams. Aaron has a strong understanding of what is expected from an Amherst College basketball team, both from his time as a player and an assistant under David. His shift to interim head coach will ensure a smooth transition for the players and the program this season.
Coach Hixon said, "I'm extremely blessed to have the opportunity to take a sabbatical year at this point in my career. The opportunity to see various NBA teams (with all of the Amherst connections we now have) a few D-I programs as well as having time to take care of some important personal matters. To help limit speculation I would like to say my health is great and that this is not retirement but a season-long sabbatical leave. I am further blessed to have an assistant like Aaron Toomey who is both ready and capable to coach this team to its potential."