Charles Kenneth "Buddy" Nix (born December 6, 1939) is a former American football coach and executive. He was the general manager of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL) from 2009 to 2013.[1] Nix was a scout for the Bills from 1993 to 2000. He joined John Butler and A. J. Smith with the San Diego Chargers from 2001 to 2008 and returned to the Bills in 2009.

Buddy Nix
Biographical details
Born (1939-12-06) December 6, 1939 (age 80)
Carbon Hill, Alabama
Playing career
Position(s)Fullback, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1964Anniston HS (AL) (assistant)
1965–1966Eufaula HS (AL)
1967–1968Jonesboro HS (GA)
1969Carson–Newman (DL)
1970–1971Livingston (assistant)
1972–1975Southern Miss (LB)
1976–1980Auburn (DB)
1981–1983LSU (DC/ILB)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1993–2000Buffalo Bills (scout)
2001–2008San Diego Chargers (DPP/AGM)
2009–2013Buffalo Bills (EVP/GM)
Head coaching record
Overall44–54–1 (college)

Early yearsEdit

Nix was born in Carbon Hill, Alabama where he later attended Talladega High School and played linebacker. Nix attended Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama) in Livingston, Alabama, playing fullback on their football team.

Coaching careerEdit

Nix was head coach at Eufaula High School in Eufaula, Alabama, leading the Tigers to their first Border Conference championship in 1966.


Nix had a successful college football coaching career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was responsible for recruiting star wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Administrative careerEdit

Buffalo BillsEdit

Nix was a regional scout under John Butler from 1993 to 2000 for the Buffalo Bills, specializing in the Southeastern United States.

San Diego ChargersEdit

Nix left Buffalo with Butler and A. J. Smith after the 2000 season. He was initially the Director of Pro Player Personnel (2000–2001), but after Butler died, Smith was promoted to general manager, and Nix to assistant general manager.

Nix's job with the San Diego Chargers was to oversee both professional and college scouting and to be one of the main decision makers in each NFL Draft. Nix was a major reason the Chargers turned around from a losing football team to a rebuilt, winning team. In 2004, three players Nix drafted were selected to the 2005 Pro Bowl. In 2005, six players Nix drafted were selected to the 2006 Pro Bowl. In 2006, eleven players Nix drafted were selected to the 2007 Pro Bowl. In 2007, eight players Nix drafted were selected to the 2008 Pro Bowl.

The Chargers won four of the last five AFC West titles with Nix as Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel, in charge of college scouting and instrumental to the decision making process of their NFL drafts.

Buffalo BillsEdit

Nix was hired as a National Scout for the Buffalo Bills on January 26, 2009. He was named General Manager of the Buffalo Bills on December 31, 2009, after Russ Brandon was promoted to CEO.[2]

He extended the contract of running back Fred Jackson[3] before Jackson was allowed to hit free agency. He also extended quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract.[4] This cleared the way for him to work to re-sign wide receiver Stevie Johnson once he hit free agency and then work to improve his defense by adding Mario Williams.

On May 13, 2013 the Bills announced that Nix would step away from his role as GM and transition to special assistant.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Nix has three children: Steve (wife: Sherry) and Stan (wife: Holli), and Stacey (husband: Alan). Nix also has six grandchildren: Hope, Ana, Tyler, Dakota, Sawyer and Tucker, and he has three step-grandchildren: Macaela, Haydn, and Jake.

His wife is Diann Abernathy of Lafayette, Alabama.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Chattanooga Moccasins (Southern Conference) (1984–1992)
1984 Chattanooga 6–5 5–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
1985 Chattanooga 6–5 5–2 3rd
1986 Chattanooga 4–7 2–4 6th
1987 Chattanooga 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
1988 Chattanooga 4–7 3–3 5th
1989 Chattanooga 3–7–1 2–4–1 5th
1990 Chattanooga 6–5 4–2 3rd
1991 Chattanooga 7–4 4–3 T-4th
1992 Chattanooga 2–9 0–7 8th
Chattanooga: 44–54–1 29–29–1
Total: 44–54–1


  1. ^ Brown, Chris (January 26, 2009). "Scouting veteran Nix returns to Bills". Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  2. ^ Brown, Chris (December 31, 2012). "Brandon promoted to CEO; Nix named Bills GM". Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
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  5. ^ Wawrow, John (May 13, 2013). "Buddy Nix steps down as Bills GM". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved May 13, 2013.