WASHINGTON, DC – Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas has announced that former NBA player and University of Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon, has been chosen as the next University of the District of Columbia Head Women's Basketball Coach effective Monday, October 17th.
"There is no question Juan Dixon will take our women's basketball program to the next level," Thomas said. "His tremendous success as a student-athlete, as well as professionally, combined with his respect for the development of students support our goals. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Juan and welcome him to the Firebird community."
Dixon's last coaching stop was as a Special Assistant to the Head Coach – Men's Basketball at his alma mater, Maryland. There he supported 2015 Big 10 Conference Coach of the Year, Mark Turgeon, by enhancing game plans and strategizing how to attack opponents offensively and defensively. He helped implement offensive sets and defensive principles, analyzed and broke down film, and mentored, motivated, counseled and developed student-athletes, including future NBA players Alex Len, Diamond Stone, Jake Layman and Robert Carter, Jr.
Dixon also coached DMV's Finest and Team Maryland during The Basketball Tournament (TBT) in Philadelphia, PA, and directs his own Juan Dixon Basketball Camp and Premier Basketball Camp, both in Baltimore, MD.
A graduate of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, MD, Dixon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Family Science in 2013 from the University of Maryland. During his student-athlete career at Maryland he earned numerous distinctions including: NCAA Senior CLASS Award (2002), Chip Hilton Award (2002), ESPN Shooting Guard of the Year (2002), Wooden Player of the Year Award candidate (2002), Third Team NABC All-American (2001) and Third Team USBWA All-American (2001). He was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2012, and he was selected as one of 75 All-Time March Madness Players in 2012.
Dixon takes over a Firebirds women's basketball program that has had four consecutive seasons with over 20 wins, three NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament bids, four ECC Championship Tournament semifinal appearances, and one ECC Tournament Championship.
He replaces DeWayne Burroughs, who left UDC after a one-year stint to become Head Women's Basketball Coach at his alma mater, Coppin State University.
~ UDC Sports Information