inducted February 18, 2006
One of the most decorated student-athletes in Columbia history was also one of the most vital cogs on the excellent men’s soccer teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Barry Nix had the rare distinction of earning All-American honors four times (first team as a freshman, sophomore and senior, second team as a junior) and earning four first-team All-Ivy League accolades. A two-time Ivy Player of the Year, Nix was an integral part of Columbia’s defensive-minded teams of that era — teams which won seven straight Ivy League titles from 1979-85.
Nix was Columbia’s penalty kick specialist, but his true contribution to the team was from the sweeper position, as the defense in the game had changed from the traditional fullback and winged back positions. Not only was Nix a controlling force on defense, he often would come up to an attack position and create scoring opportunities for Columbia’s finishers. He was best known for helping to create scoring opportunities for fellow All-American Steve Charles, who came to Columbia from England with Nix.
A fierce, inspirational player, Nix helped Lions to post a 48-11-9 record in his four seasons, win four Ivy League Championships and make a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 1979.Nix returned to Britain after graduation and became a successful businessman in the financial world. Formerly head of Bear Stearns operations in Great Britain, Nix currently is Regional Line Head (Europe Fixed Income Division) for Nomura International in London, where he resides.