Checking in with local athletes amid COVID-19: Josh Nixon

Seth Kinker
Sports Editor


Sports are on hold around the country as COVID-19 is being addressed. In the upcoming weeks, The Community Post will be checking in with local athletes and coaches that continued their athletic careers after high school and how COVID-19 is effecting them in their respective sport.

This week, The Community Post caught up with Minster graduate Josh Nixon. Nixon was a three sport athlete for the Wildcats and after playing baseball for the University of Dayton for the past three years, will be  pursuing his MBA at Ashland University and getting back into football.

Nixon is Minster’s all-time leader in career pass completions with 566, career passing yards with 8,415 and career passing touchdowns with 87 as a three-year starter for the Wildcats -- leading them to a state title in 2014. In his senior season, Nixon passed for 2,039 yards on 149-of-260 passing for 22 touchdowns and five interceptions to make him a First-Team All-Ohio selection.


Nixon was a three-sport athlete for the Minster Wildcats graduating in 2015. He starred in football, basketball and baseball but football and baseball were his top two sports.

Schools began to recruit him in high school for multiple sports but he leaned towards baseball because that’s what he told himself he had always wanted to do.

Ashland University, who he accepted the offer from on Apr. 9, was one of the initial teams that showed interest in him for football but Nixon was focused on the baseball offers.

During his senior year of high school, Nixon was still uncommitted and looking for a home. He had an offer from Hillsdale, a private conservative college in Michigan, and was close to taking it but wanted to see what was out there for him as far as division one opportunities.

Nixon attended a camp at Dayton that went well. After the coach at that time took notice and some back and forth dialogue, Nixon was offered a roster spot. 

“From there, the decision was easy,” said Nixon. “I loved Dayton’s campus when I visited and I’ve loved it for the past three and a half years, I had a blast. Dayton was a great choice for me and I’m glad that I got my chance to play baseball and get my education there.”

Before this season began, Nixon was cut from the squad but asked to stay on and help as a coach. 

A new coach took over after his sophomore year and saw the value Nixon brought to the team and asked him if he would coach this year.

During games, Nixon would be one of a few responsible for the bull pen that would report back to the dugout when they needed to call another pitcher into the game.

“Personally, I tried to keep young guys in check,” said Nixon of his off the field role. “Shaping them and showing them what Dayton baseball was and trying to accomplish various stuff with winning the A10 and going forward. It was an interesting switch, literally one week I was a division one baseball player and the next week I was a division one coach. That was kind of weird, a quick transition, but I really only got in a month and a half because of the COVID-19 stuff.”

Last October, however, when Nixon was still playing baseball, the idea began to ferment in his mind that after the upcoming season he might want to go play football somewhere.

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