Augsburg University Sports Information Department
MINNEAPOLIS -- Augsburg University has announced the hiring of Chris Dixon as its new Director of Athletic Diversity and Inclusion and assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field teams. This position is largely made possible through the two-year NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's grant program. Augsburg was one of only 20 institutions and conference offices nationally selected to receive the grant.
"Chris brings an incredible background in the health and fitness industry, which in addition to his passion and knowledge of work in the diversity and inclusion spaces, are going to allow him to be an incredible asset to the Augsburg community," said Associate Athletic Director Kelly Anderson Diercks. "We are honored to be selected by the NCAA for this grant and truly believe that it is an incredible program for the institutions, conference offices and candidates that are chosen."
Dixon is a health and fitness education and wellness consultant in the Twin Cities. His list of businesses include: Insider Training, Inc.; Fitness and Sports Training LLC; and the not-for-profit Health is Love organization. A University of Minnesota graduate, Dixon holds degrees in sport management, coaching and applied Kinesiology. As a student-athlete for the Gophers, he competed as a horizontal jumper and was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the triple jump. Being involved in the health and fitness community since 2004, Dixon has held fitness certifications from the American Council on Exercise, American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA track and Field.
As an entrepreneur, Dixon has been honored by the Dakota Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, was awarded a Buckman Fellowship for Leadership in Philanthropy and was selected as a "Rising Alumni" by the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development in 2014. Chris most recently served as director of a vocational school that certified fitness professionals.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Augsburg community and looking forward to having an immediate impact on campus and in the athletic department," Dixon said.
This is the third NCAA grant that Augsburg has received in the past decade, aimed at increasing and promoting opportunities for women and minorities in college athletics. Augsburg first received the Ethnic Minority and Women's grant in the 2012-14 cycle, then was selected for the Strategic Alliance Matching Grant from 2014-2019.
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