Falcons play back-to-back doubleheaders in April 19-21 series in Fresno, Calif.
Falcons to play five games in six days at Falcon Field. Free admission for all AFA home games.
Falcons open season Feb. 15.
Falcons open season Feb. 15 at UTSA.
Three-game series runs from Oct. 27-29 at Falcon Field.
Air Force vs. BYU - May 21, 2011
Air Force vs. BYU - May 19, 2011
Air Force vs. Kansas - March 6, 2011 (Photos by Dr. Gene Salazar)
AFA Baseball Blue/White Series - Game One - Oct. 17, 2010
In his first two years, Dixon has been instrumental in directing the Falcon pitching staff to the greatest turnarounds in school history.
The 2012 team continued to build off the solid 2011 campaign by posting a 6.10 earned run average, the second-lowest at the Academy in the last 30 years. The Falcon pitching staff combined for eight complete games, the most since 2003. Its 29 home runs allowed were the fewest since 1975 and the 22 homers allowed in conference play were the lowest total ever. The pitching staff also had its lowest opponent batting average since 1993. Under Dixon's guidance, Air Force had four starting pitchers log 64-plus innings, the most since 2003. Senior right-hander Evan Abrecht capped off his four-year career with 95.1 innings pitched, the eight-best total in school history.
In his first season in 2011, Dixon helped lower AFA's team earned run average by over five runs a game from the 2010 season (11.31 to 6.09) which led to the program's second-most wins over Div. I opponents in school history. The 6.09 team ERA was the lowest at Air Force in 29 years, dating back to 1982. In addition, Air Force earned its first win over a Pac 10 school in 21 years and swept a four-game series for the first time since 2003.
Of Air Force's 12 returning pitchers in 2011, 11 lowered their ERA from the previous season. Sophomore right-hander Sean Carley turned in one of the most dominant seasons in school history, earning second-team All-Mountain West honors, the first Falcon pitcher to earn all-conference since 2002. His 3.94 ERA was the lowest at Air Force in 28 years and his 4.10 ERA in Mountain West play set a new school record. In addition, sophomore closer Stephen Colangelo recorded seven saves for the fifth-best mark in school history.
Dixon came to the Academy after spending the last four seasons on the baseball staff at Southern Illinois University.
Prior to SIU, Dixon coached two years at both Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.) and two years at the University of Pacific, a member of the Big West Conference.
In his four years at SIU as the Saluki pitching coach, Dixon coached seven draft picks (Cody Adams, Jordan Powell, Kyle Catto, David Kington, Byant George, Ryan Bradley, and Nathen Forer), a freshman all-American (Bryant George) and four all-conference honorees (George-three times, Adams, Adam Curynski and Forer). Adams was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, becoming SIU's highest draft pick since 2004. In 2009, George became SIU's all-time leader in saves as a junior and finished his career with 30 saves.
While at Pacific, he handled the pitching staff and, in those years, had three pitchers selected in the MLB Draft. Before joining the college coaching ranks, Dixon served as the pitching coach at Archbishop Mitty High School in Saratoga, Calif. Mitty won back-to-back West Catholic League Championships and was ranked as high as seventh in the country during the 2002 season. Dixon and his staff helped send several players to Division I programs.
As a player, Dixon pitched for six seasons at the professional level with the Expos, Brewers and Red Sox organizations. Drafted in the 14th round of the 1995 MLB Amateur Draft, he went on to spend three of his six years in Triple A with the Expos and Red Sox. While pitching for the Harrisburg Senators -- the AA affiliate of the Expos -- Dixon won back-to-back Eastern League Championships, finishing his career with an overall 3.30 ERA and a 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
As a student-athlete at Cal State Fullerton, Dixon and the Titans won the 1995 Division I National Championship, beating USC, 11-5. Dixon pitched the semi-final game in Omaha, shutting out Tennessee, 11-0. The (combined) shutout was the last shutout thrown in the College World Series for eight years until Kyle Baker of Georgia Tech (combined) for a shutout in an 11-0 victory over South Carolina in the 2002 CWS. Dixon was 13-0 overall with a 3.43 ERA in 1995. Dixon still holds the record for most victories without a loss at Fullerton.
Dixon received his bachelor's degree from National University in 2001 and master's in sports psychology from Optimal Performance Institute in 2008. "To be a part of what the Air Force Academy represents is truly an honor and privilege," Dixon said. "I want to thank everyone that was involved in the hiring process and I am excited to be part of the greatest institution in the country! I look forward to being around such high quality young men and women who have made the ultimate decision to serve our country. Alongside everyone involved with Falcon baseball, I look forward to raising the expectations of the program to the standards of what the Air Force Academy and the Air Force represents."
Dixon and his wife, Kendra, reside in Colorado Springs with their daughter, Hailey and son, Brayden.
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