Dixon lands D-II coaching job
Former Calvert Hall, Maryland star to lead women’s team at UDC
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