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. 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.
|Born||December 6, 1939|
Carbon Hill, Alabama
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1962–1964||Anniston HS (AL) (assistant)|
|1965–1966||Eufaula HS (AL)|
|1967–1968||Jonesboro HS (GA)|
|1972–1975||Southern Miss (LB)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1993–2000||Buffalo Bills (scout)|
|2001–2008||San Diego Chargers (DPP/AGM)|
|2009–2013||Buffalo Bills (EVP/GM)|
|Head coaching record|
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.
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.
He extended the contract of running back Fred Jackson before Jackson was allowed to hit free agency. He also extended quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract. 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.
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
|Chattanooga Moccasins (Southern Conference) (1984–1992)|
|1984||Chattanooga||6–5||5–1||1st||L NCAA Division I-AA First Round|
- Brown, Chris (January 26, 2009). "Scouting veteran Nix returns to Bills". Buffalobills.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- Brown, Chris (December 31, 2012). "Brandon promoted to CEO; Nix named Bills GM". Buffalobills.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- Wawrow, John (May 13, 2013). "Buddy Nix steps down as Bills GM". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved May 13, 2013.