Dixon lands D-II coach­ing job

Former Calvert Hall, Mary­land star to lead women’s team at UDC

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Don Markus don.markus@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/sport­sprof56

Former Mary­land bas­ket­ball star Juan Dixon has wanted to be­come a head coach since his play­ing ca­reer ended in 2011.

Start­ing to­day, he will get that chance.

Ac­cord­ing to two sources with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion, Dixon will be of­fi­cially named women’s bas­ket­ball coach at the Univer­sity of the Dis­trict of Columbia.

Dixon, a Calvert Hall grad­u­ate who led the Terps to the na­tional cham­pi­onship in 2002 and was a first-round draft choice of the Washington Wizards, spent the past three sea­sons at his alma mater as a spe­cial as­sis­tant to Mary­land coach Mark Tur­geon.

Dixon’s con­tract was not re­newed af­ter last sea­son, and the po­si­tion has not been filled.

Be­cause of NCAA rules that limit the in­volve­ment of a coach in that po­si­tion, Dixon was of­ten left play­ing more of a men­tor­ing role than teach­ing the game or re­cruit­ing. Former Mary­land stand­out Dez Wells and cur­rent star Melo Trim­ble have cred­ited Dixon with their de­vel­op­ment.

A source said Dixon was ex­pected to meet with his new team Thurs­day.

Dixon, who turned 38 on Sunday, played eight sea­sons in the NBA, start­ing and fin­ish­ing his NBA ca­reer with the Wizards. He also played in Europe.

He holds Mary­land’s men’s scor­ing record with 2,269 points.

The UDC women’s team, which plays at the Di­vi­sion II level, fin­ished 21-9 last sea­son. Dixon re­places De­Wayne Bur­roughs, who left af­ter one sea­son as coach and five years on the UDC staff to be­come the coach at Cop­pin State, his alma mater. Juan Dixon

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