Inductee — Bill Nixon

billnixonBill Nixon

Class of 1993

Birthplace: Plymouth, IN



Since 1971 Plymouth had known only one head baseball coach until his 1999 retirement. In the 28 years at the helm his teams amassed 714 wins and 309 losses. Included in that tremendous success were 18 Sectional Championships, 6 Regional Championships, and 16 Conference Titles. Prior to becoming the mentor at Plymouth he spent five seasons as the coach at Knightstown High School where he won another 84 and lost 40 to bring Bills overall record to 795-349 which places him number two in ;the state of Indiana in total baseball victories and ranks him number ten in the nation in baseball wins.

In addition to his baseball duties he spent eight seasons as head football coach and eleven years as an assistant football coach compiling a record of 65-21 with four Conference Titles and in 1977 was the IHSAA Class AA state champions with a perfect 13-0 record. He was recognized by his alma mater, Ball State, in 1976 and 1977 as Ball State Coach of the Year and in 1978 coached ;the North Football All Stars.

Since he also coached the North in the baseball All Star he is the only coach in Indiana history to coach All Star games in two different sports.

The baseball field at Plymouth is named after him, Nixon Field. The 25th IHSBCA All Star games were held at Plymouth in 1999 and Bill, along with a stellar committee from the Plymouth area, put on the finest All Star Series to date.

In 1999 Ball State University recognized him as the alumni Coach of the Year. He is the only graduate of BSU to be named coach of the year in two sports. He was also named Indiana Coach of the Year by the NFCA.

From 1986 to the 2000 Bill was the Athletic Director at Plymouth High School.

Bill and his wife Sibyl make their home in Lake Wales, Florida 8 months of the year and return to Indiana during the summer months.