Maggie Dixon Named Head Coach at Army

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Maggie Dixon, who has served as an assistant coach at DePaul University for the past five years, was introduced by Army Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson as the Black Knights' seventh women's basketball head coach today during a press conference at Randall Hall.

One of the nation's most highly regarded young coaches, Dixon most recently served as head coach Doug Bruno's top assistant and recruiting coordinator, playing a large role in the Blue Demons' recent string of successes. DePaul has posted three consecutive 20-win seasons and earned three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the tourney's second round twice. In that time, the Blue Demons registered a combined record of 72-22, which translates into an impressive winning percentage of .766.

DePaul enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history last winter, closing the year with an overall record of 26-5. The Blue Demons notched a 13-1 league record en route to capturing the Conference USA championship and led the nation in both scoring (82.7 ppg.) and assists (19.16). It marked the second straight year that DePaul has led the country in scoring. The squad featured three All-Conference USA selections, the league freshman of the year and two Conference USA All-Freshman choices. In addition to starring on the hardwood, the Blue Demons excelled in the classroom, claiming Conference USA's Team Academic Award in women's basketball, presented annually to the squad in each sport with the league's highest cumulative grade point average.

"We couldn't be more excited that Maggie Dixon has agreed to become our new women's basketball head coach," said Anderson. "We feel very strongly that she is the perfect choice to bring our program to the next level. In addition to displaying a very impressive basketball resume, we feel Maggie possesses all the qualities and characteristics we are looking for in a role model for our cadets.

"Maggie is widely regarded as one of the top young basketball minds in the country. She has been a valuable member of coach Bruno's staff at DePaul and helped build that program into a national power. Maggie has proven her ability to recruit nationally by attracting high-character individuals and highly skilled ballplayers to DePaul's program the past several years. We feel very fortunate that she has agreed to lead our women's basketball program."

A 1999 graduate of the University of San Diego, Dixon earned four varsity letters for the Toreros' basketball team. She played in 103 games during her USD career and served as team captain as a senior. She was voted San Diego's "Most Improved Player" following her junior year.

After graduating from San Diego with a bachelor's degree in history, Dixon landed a spot on Bruno's staff in May 2000 as director of basketball operations. After serving in that capacity during the 2000-01 campaign, the Los Angeles, Calif., native moved into an assistant's role during the summer of 2001. She added the title of recruiting coordinator the following May and was elevated to the position of Bruno's top assistant a year ago. The Blue Demons enjoyed a great deal of success throughout her tenure, reaching postseason play each of the five years she was at DePaul. She was responsible for helping to attract one of the nation's Top 10 recruiting classes to DePaul in 2004.

"I am extremely honored to be given the opportunity to coach at West Point and to be able to work with the quality of individuals that are in our program," Dixon said. "I'm very excited about coming to a program that has a foundation for success already in place, and I look forward to the challenges of bringing that success to another level.

"Being at DePaul, I've worked under one of the best head coaches in the country in Doug Bruno. He's taught me so much about the coaching profession and prepared me well for this opportunity. I feel that I'm ready to take over the reins of a program, and to be given this opportunity at Army is amazing."

Throughout her career at San Diego, Dixon worked for a number of San Diego volunteer organizations. With the USD Student Outreach program, she traveled to local elementary schools to speak to students. Other volunteer work included the Junior Seau Foundation, Race for the Cure and the San Diego YMCA Senior Olympics. She is currently completing work on a master's degree from DePaul in educational leadership.

Coaching runs in the Dixon family as her brother, Jamie, currently serves as the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Pittsburgh. After serving as an assistant at the NCAA Division I level for 12 seasons, he assumed the reins of the Panthers' program in 2003-04, succeeding his former boss Ben Howland, who accepted the head job at UCLA.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT MAGGIE DIXON

"I think Maggie will do an outstanding job at Army. She is very intelligent and compassionate. She has a great sense of the time constraints and pressures that you put on student-athletes, and will be an outstanding mentor for the young women at the Academy. Being a young coach and having experienced a lot of success very early in her career has given her the scope of knowledge and experience necessary to be a head women's basketball coach. She is going to be a superstar in the profession and is a bright, up-and-coming young coach in intercollegiate athletics. I am very pleased that we were able to have her as part of our staff for the last five years. I am very excited about the opportunity for her and to watch her grow and develop as a head coach."

Jeanne Lenti Ponsetto

Director of Athletics, DePaul University

"Maggie was a prime contributor to DePaul's recent success. DePaul reached its highest success during Maggie's tenure, and that was no accident. Maggie understands the game and how to teach the game, but more important, the human significance that makes basketball the greatest team sport of all team sports."

Doug Bruno

Head Women's Basketball Coach, DePaul University

"Maggie is going to be an outstanding head coach. She has worked hard to prepare for this opportunity and I know she is excited to represent Army. She has been an outstanding assistant coach the last five years, and coaching is in her blood. Maggie is very energetic, hard working, an outstanding recruiter and she has a great feel for the game. Army is very luck to have her."

Ben Howland

Head Men's Basketball Coach, UCLA

"Maggie communicates well and gets along well with people. She has had outstanding experience in turning a DePaul team into a Top 25 program. On a personal note, I am extremely happy to see Maggie experience success in her career. She is an extremely talented coach and hard worker. The United States Military Academy has hired an outstanding coach and an even better person."

Jamie Dixon

Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Pittsburgh

"Maggie is going to be tremendous as a head coach. I think she has been ready for some time now. She possesses all the right skill sets. She is the kind of person that the players, coaches, athletic department staff and community are going to embrace. I believe that it was an awesome decision by the Academy to hire Maggie. She is going to do great things with the Army program and I believe that she is going to accomplish that very quickly."

Charli Turner-Thorne

Head Women's Basketball Coach, Arizona State University

"Maggie is great one. She is full of life and has lots of energy. She knows the game and how to recruit. Army is fortunate to have a coach like Maggie. She is young but has a lot of energy, integrity and is a great recruiter. Maggie has all the positives and I just can't say enough good things about her."

Nels Hawkinson

Executive Director, Basketball Travelers

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