Dixie Jeffers
Dixie Jeffers
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach/Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator
Phone: 614-236-6551
Email: djeffers@capital.edu
Previous College: Morehead State (Ky.) '81

Capital University head women's basketball coach Dixie Jeffers has been at the helm of the program since the 1986-87 season and has made history by bringing national championships and record-setting career win counts while donning the purple and white.

Now entering her 32nd season at the helm of Capital Women’s Basketball, she boasts 706 career wins and is one of just 1 of 13 coaches in NCAA Division history - male of female - to reach the 700-win plateau. She was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jeffers and her teams have been a model of excellence and consistency on and off the court. Capital has won 20 or more games in 19 seasons, and twice the Crusaders crossed the 30-win plateau. Through Jeffers' tenure, Capital has won the Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season title 10 times. The Crusaders also have won the OAC postseason tournament 10 times, including a run of six in a row from 1992-1997, and have made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances.

She became the seventh coach in NCAA Division III history to reach 600 wins, and the 14th-fastest to reach the milestone in any division, with a 67-56 victory at Ohio Wesleyan on Jan. 2, 2012. Jeffers was the sixth coach in Division III to join the 500-win club. Over the years, Jeffers' teams have epitomized all of the characteristics of a quality NCAA program by garnering a slew of national All-American Academic and athletic honors.

Jeffers also became the OAC’s leader in all-time career wins, surpassing the great Dick Reynolds of Otterbein University with her 654th career victory obtained by defeating the University of Mount Union on Jan. 31. Jeffers also obtained her 600th win at Capital just 10 days earlier with a home win over Muskingum University.

One of the nation's all-time winningest coaches, Jeffers hit another milestone in her coaching career when she won her 700th game on Jan. 10, 2018 at Heidelberg University. With that victory, Jeffers became just the fifth women’s basketball coach to reach 700 wins and just one of 13 coaches - male or female - at the Division III level to hit that landmark.

With Jeffers at the helm, Capital University women's basketball has become one of the nation's best and most respected basketball squads. From 1990-2000, no NCAA Division III women's basketball team had a higher winning percentage. During that span, Jeffers led Capital to the Final Four an incredible four times in five years. The Crusaders finished second in 1993, became the first Division III school to win back-to-back national championships in 1994 and 1995 and finished third in 1997. With all this success, Jeffers had the distinction of being the first Division III coach to win National Coach of the Year honors in successive years (1994 and 1995).

The Purple and White's remarkable consistency has been epitomized over the last decade, as CU garnered back-to-back OAC regular season championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10 as well as the 2009 OAC Tournament. Jeffers won her sixth OAC Coach of the Year award in 2010 and coached consecutive conference players of the year in 2009 and 2010. She became the sixth member of the 500-win club in Division III on Feb. 16, 2009, with a 61-53 triumph at Wittenberg. Capital won back-to-back road games at higher seeded teams en route to the OAC Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

Jeffers has also created a defiant home court advantage at the Capital Center, which is entering its 17th season as home of the Crusaders. Capital's parquet spearheaded the Crusaders to an OAC-record 26 straight home victories from 2008-10, which is the 12th-longest such streak in Division III history.

"Players constantly drive me to be successful and continue to achieve," Jeffers said. "I have and always will love the game and will continually have the energy to do the job."

Anybody who comes in contact with Jeffers knows that energy is something the coach will never lack on or off the court. The energy Jeffers places in successful teams on the court is equally translated to her players' academic pursuits. "The kids we recruit have to understand that academics is the highest priority," Jeffers said. They have to bring the enthusiasm to the classroom that they bring to the floor. That is a Capital student-athlete."

As impressive as Jeffers' numbers are on the bench, her off-the-court accomplishments are equally impressive. For 28 of the last 30 seasons (1991-2018) a Crusader has been named Academic All-OAC, and she has coached numerous Academic All-Americans, NCAA and NACDA post-graduate scholarship recipients. In 1997, Crusader Carrie Ferguson was honored nationally as an NCAA Elite VIII selection.

Jeffers and her teams also have been active in the community by giving free basketball clinics, helping the homeless and visiting Children's Hospital. Jeffers has also served on the board of directors for the Special Wish Foundation.

Capital was put on the national stage not once but twice over the last four years with Jeffers leading the charge to bring high-profile events into The Capital Center Performance Arena. In 2016, the NCAA broke away from tradition and hosted the Division III national semifinal away from the championship host site. Capital University is where they came and packed The Performance Arena to the gills with fans, pep bands, and a national championship environment. In the summer of 2018, Columbus and Capital University earned the right to host The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a 72-team tournament featuring college alumni teams, international basketball stars, ex-NBA players and future NBA players competing in a single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament with a $2 million winner-take-all purse. The Columbus region was the only regional tournament to be featured on ESPN2 and was also displayed on the ESPN family of networks in the preliminary rounds. Capital will also serve as the host to the 2020 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championship, one of two national championships CU will bring into The Capital Center during the 2020 calendar year.

Ironically enough, Jeffers is from a small Ohio town called Mount Victory, and even if it appears she has climbed the coaching mountain, she wants to continue to ascend. "Once you have experienced a national championship, you never lose that hunger to do it again, for yourself, your current players, and the University," Jeffers said. "Other than getting married and having my children, it is one of the top experiences of my life, and I want my current players to have that experience for themselves."

Aside from her coaching duties, Jeffers serves as associate director of athletics at Capital. She and her husband John live in Canal Winchester. The couple has a daughter, Cara, and son, Jansen.

 

The Jeffers Chronicles

 

At Rio Grande (NAIA)

Year

Overall

1983-84

15-11

1984-85

20-3

1985-86

17-7

TOTALS

52-21

 

At Capital University

Year

Overall

OAC

Notes

1986-87

21-5

14-2

OAC Regular Season Champions

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearance

1987-88

17-8

10-6

 

1988-89

12-12

7-9

 

1989-90

20-8

13-5

 

1990-91

24-3

17-1

OAC Regular Season Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearance

1991-92

29-2

17-1

OAC Regular Season Champions

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearance

1992-93

28-4

16-2

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Division III Runner-Up

1993-94

30-1

17-1

OAC Regular Season Champions

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Division III National Champions

1994-95

33-0

18-0

OAC Regular Season Champions

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Division III National Champions

1995-96

23-5

15-3

OAC Regular Season Champions

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearance

1996-97

29-4

17-1

OAC Regular Season Champions

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Division III Third Place

1997-98

20-5

15-3

 

1998-99

24-5

16-2

NCAA Tournament Appearance

1999-00

23-5

14-2

NCAA Tournament Appearance 

2000-01

19-5

16-2

 

2001-02

19-7

13-5

 

2002-03

9-15

8-10

 

2003-04

20-7

15-3

OAC Regular Season Champions 

2004-05

20-6

13-5

 

2005-06

26-4

15-3

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearance 

2006-07

20-7

14-4

 

2007-08

17-10

10-8

 

2008-09

22-6

15-3

OAC Regular Season Champions

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearance 

2009-10

20-8

15-3

OAC Regular Season Champions 

2010-11

16-10

10-8

 

2011-12

18-9

12-6

 

2012-13

14-12

9-9

 

2013-14

19-9

13-5

OAC Tournament Champions

NCAA Tournament Appearance

2014-15

17-11

11-7

OAC Tournament Runners-up

2015-16 20-7 12-6  
2016-17 11-16 6-12  
2017-18 14-13 9-9  
       

Totals
32 years

654-229 (.741)

422-146 (.743)

 
 

Career Record (through 2017-18 season): 706-250 (.738)