Amato Completes Staff with Addition of Dixon

Dwayne Dixon, who has spent the last 15 years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Florida, has been named an assistant coach for the Wolfpack, head coach Chuck Amato announced today. Dixon will coach NC State's wide receivers.

Dixon has coached the Gator wideouts since 1990, serving under head coaches Steve Spurrier and Ron Zook. He was also the assistant head coach under both coaches from 1995-99 and from 2003-04.

"Dwayne Dixon is a great addition to our staff," said Amato. "Having coached under Steve Spurrier, he is excellent technician and offensive mind. He has been in the big games - he knows how to get there and how to be successful once you do get there. But maybe even more importantly, he has a solid reputation as a players' coach. His players respect him and enjoy playing for him."

A finalist for the 2001 Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation's top assistant coach, Dixon has participated in 18 bowl games as a player and coach. He was on the coaching staff of six SEC title teams (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000) and coached in two national championship games: the 1995 Fiesta Bowl versus Nebraska and the 1996 Sugar Bowl versus Florida State.

From 1990-2002, Dixon's wide receivers tallied 445 TD receptions, 87 more than any other school in the nation during that time frame. From 1994-2002, Florida boasted more semifinalists (9) and finalists (4) for the Biletnikoff Award (given to the nation's top wide receiver) than any other school. During that same time frame, at least one Gator wide receiver was drafted by the NFL each year, 14 in all. He coached 11 All-Americans and 10 first-team All-SEC selections and Florida ranked in the top 10 teams nationally in passing offense 10 of his 15 seasons with the program.

A four-year letterwinner at Florida (1980-83), Dixon was a first-team All-SEC and honorable mention All-American performer in 1983. He finished his career with 124 catches, then the third-best total in UF history. The MVP of the 1982 Bluebonnet Bowl, Dixon was inducted into the Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

After his collegiate career, Dixon went on to play professionally for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984-85, 1987) and in the Arena League for the Washington Commandos and the Detroit Drive, leading that league in scoring and receiving twice.

The 42-year-old native of Gainesville, Fla., earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Florida in 1980. He is married to the former Sandra Barclay and the couple has two children: Brittany (15) and Ian (11).

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