While wearing the blue and white, Jordan Nixon ’88 was a three-sport force. His all-around play on the gridiron, the hardwood, and the diamond earned him the Vanderveer Award, the Boys’ Basketball Award, and the Swanson Baseball Award in 1988.
It was on the baseball field that he perhaps shined brightest for the Brook, building a reputation for masterful pitching. On May 14, 1986 he threw a three-hitter against Greenport in a 14-3 win for the Shrikes. On April 23, 1987 he pitched the game of his life, no-hitting Eastport in a 10-1 win over the Ducks, tossing 11 strikeouts and stealing home, for good measure. His potency extended past the mound. On April 11, 1987 he capped a three-run seventh inning comeback for the Brook with a walk-off single against Eastport. It was Nixon’s versatility that helped the Shrikes win the 1987 County Title.
After leaving Stony Brook, Nixon enrolled at Augustana College in Illinois and quickly made his mark for the Vikings. On the football field he was a two-time 1st Team All-Conference selection on the merits of his punt returning. In 1991 he led Division III in punt return yardage, earning him an All-American nod.
He starred for the Augustana baseball squad as well, earning three 1st Team All-Conference selections. In 1990 he was named the Vikings’ most improved player after a season in which he led the team in batting average (.393), runs (25), hits (42), triples (3), and stolen bases (10). He followed that up with an MVP season in 1991 during which he led the team with a .392 batting average. In 1992 he was again selected team MVP and recorded his highest season batting average, hitting a scorching .394. Upon graduation his name dotted the Augustana record books. He held the top three spots for hits in a season along with school records in career batting average (.391), hits (136), and runs (97) as well as hits in a season (49) and at bats (125). He was second all-time in career stolen bases with 31.
After a sensational career, Nixon was inducted into the Augustana College Hall of Fame.