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Capital University women's basketball Head Coach Dixie Jeffers has the distinct honor of being the only current coach already enshrined in the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.
Since taking over as head coach at Capital beginning with the 1986-1987 season, Jeffers and her teams have been a model of excellence and consistency on and off the court. One of the nation's all-time winningest coaches, Jeffers, who spent three seasons as head coach at Rio Grande University before coming to Capital, has won nearly 80 percent of her games with over 600 career wins to her name. She became the seventh coach in NCAA Division III history to reach 600 wins, and the 14th-fastest to 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. 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. Also 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). Capital has won 20 or more games in 18 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 nine times, including a run of six in a row from 1992-1997, and have made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Purple and White's remarkable consistency has been epitomized over the last five years, 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.Jeffers has also created a defiant home court advantage at the Capital Center, which is entering its 13th 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 18 straight seasons (1994-2012) a Crusader was 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. 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, and the couple has a daughter, Cara, and son, Jansen. Jeffers' Year by Year
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