By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Capital University Women's Basketball Head Coach Dixie Jeffers was honored on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives at the Ohio Statehouse for winning 700 career games as a head coach.
State Representatives Kristin Boggs and Richard D. Brown awarded Coach Jeffers with a resolution honoring her 700th win which was achieved on Jan. 18, 2018 in a 69-53 win over Heidelberg University.
"I'm deeply honored and if any of you have ever coached or you know coaches, you know you're only as good as what you have in your program," said Coach Jeffers. "My assistant coaches are incredible and my kids that I have been blessed with for 30-plus years are remarkable and they've went on to become very productive citizens. To Representatives Boggs and Brown, thank you so much. I am so deeply honored and on behalf of Capital University I'd be more than happy to accept that."
Jeffers is just the fifth Division III coach to reach the 700-win plateau and is the 29th coach to rack up 700 career wins across all divisions. Jeffers is currently tied for 27th on the all-time wins list with 706 victories.
"There isn't much that Coach Jeffers has not accomplished on the court but as my constituent in House District 20, she is also an extremely active member of the community," Representative Brown said. "She regularly involves herself and her team in free basketball clinics, helping the homeless and innumerable visits to children's hospitals. Coach Jeffers is an amazing basketball coach as we all know but she is also a model citizen of Canal Winchester, where I also reside, and I'm proud to say that Coach Jeffers is a resident of Canal and a resident of the House 20th district."
It has taken Jeffers just 943 games to hit 700 wins, making her the 14th-fastest to reach this milestone among women's basketball coaches across all three divisions.
"Upon reaching this career landmark, Coach Jeffers cemented her role as one of the elite coaches in the history of women's basketball," said Representative Boggs.
Coach Jeffers and the Crusaders will look to add to their win totals this year beginning on Friday, Nov. 16 against Oberlin College at 6 p.m.