Former M.C. Napier coach, Hazard Athletic Director Bill Dixon dies at age 79

Dixon also refereed games in the KHSAA Sweet 16.
Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 9:15 AM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Former M.C. Napier football and baseball coach Bill Dixon died on Tuesday, June 16 at age 79. Dixon coached at M.C. Napier, now a part of Perry County Central, for 20 years. He is a member of the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches’ Hall of Fame.

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Dixon was also an athletic director at Hazard and he refereed in the KHSAA Sweet 16. Eventually, he became a color commentator for WSGS.

His two nephews, Mark and Bobby Keith Dixon described him as the master motivator.

“I can remember many of his motivational speeches,” Bobby Keith Dixon said. “He could get you to run through that wall for him.”

About 25 years ago, Bill Dixon coached the final football and baseball games for M.C. Napier Navajos before the school was consolidated.

“We love being a part of M.C. Napier High School cause I think he put that pride in us,” Mark Dixon said.

Dixon won 596 baseball games and 94 football games for the Navajos. He coached the football team for 19 years and the baseball team for 23, winning the 14th Region title in 1987 and making it to the Final Four.

Even after his death on Tuesday, the man Bobby Keith and Mark knew as “Uncle Bud” will see his legacy live on.

“He made playing baseball, he made playing football fun,” Bobby Keith Dixon said.

“Our whole family - he probably coached everybody in our family and when we all get together, that’s what we do. We tell stories about playing ball for our uncle,” Mark Dixon added. “There’s a lot of people that’s coaching ball today that I think he shaped their lives to do that. Coaching sports is fun and all that and playing sports is fun, but there’s really a bigger picture. I think that’s what he taught us.”

In addition to his nephews, Bill Dixon also coached all-time winningest girls basketball coach Randy Napier and Al Holland, who is top 20 in wins all-time in Kentucky boys high school basketball history.

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