Pittsburgh basketball fans new several weeks ago that Dixon, who originally was tabbed to be an assistant, would replace Bob McKillop as the head coach after he was forced to decline the offer.
The USA National Team will compete in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship July 2-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. Dixon's coaching staff will include Matt Painter from Purdue and Chris Lowery from Southern Illinois.
"It is a tremendous honor for the university and our program,'' Dixon said. "Working with Coach Painter and Coach Lowery will be an outstanding experience. They are both good friends and have had great success coaching at their respective schools.
"I'm excited about the tournament, the entire process and the challenge of winning. I want to thank Coach Jim Boeheim, Jerry Colangelo and the Board of Directors, Jim Tooley and Sean Ford, along with the entire USA Basketball organization for this opportunity. I am definitely looking forward to July.''
Sixteen countries will compete in the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for men that will be held in Auckland, New Zealand. Athletes 19-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1990) are eligible for competition. Dixon's Team USA will begin competition in Group B comprised of Egypt, France and Iran. The 12 remaining 19-and-under national teams have been distributed as such: Group A includes Angola, Greece, Lithuania and Puerto Rico; Group C consists of Australia, Canada, Spain and Syria; Group D is comprised of Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and host New Zealand.
With all game times still to be determined, the U.S. squad's preliminary round slate opens with a July 2 contest against Iran, followed by France on July 3 and Egypt on the Fourth of July. The top 12 teams qualify for second round action to be played July 6-8. Eight teams will qualify for the quarterfinals on July 10. Two semifinal games are slated for July 11 and the gold medal game will be played on July 12.
Trials to select the 2009 USA Men's Under-19 National Team will be held June 16-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The list of players who accepted invitations to participate in the USA Under-19 Trials will be announced at a later date. Training camp for selected finalists will begin June 19, with the 12-member USA roster being announced prior to the team's departure for New Zealand on June 25.
USA enters the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championships with a 53-11 all-time record in that age bracket. The Americans captured the silver medal in the 2007 World Championships held in Serbia.
The 2008-09 Naismith National Coach of the Year, Dixon guided Pitt to a 31-5 record (15-3 Big East), earned the school's first No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Tournament and led the Panthers to the NCAA East Regional final (Elite Eight), the program's most wins in an NCAA Tournament (3). Pitt also achieved the consensus No. 1 national ranking for the first time in school history, set or tied school records for victories (31) and league wins (15) and finished the year with a perfect 19-0 home record.
Dixon has now guided Pitt to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his first six seasons as head coach, becoming the first coach in school history to achieve such an honor. He has amassed a career record of 163-45, which places him third on Pitt's all-time coaching wins list.
With his 163 career wins, Dixon set an NCAA Division I record for most victories after six seasons as a head coach. He surpassed the previous record of 161 wins held by North Carolina State's Everett Case from 1947-52. Dixon concluded the 2008-09 season as the Big East's all-time winningest coach by percentage in overall league games (.698), ranking ahead of Georgetown's John Thompson (.653), Connecticut's Jim Calhoun (.651), Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (.637) and St. John's Lou Carnesecca (.635). He also ended the campaign ranked third among NCAA active coaches in career winning percentage.
2009 FIBA UNDER-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
FIBA Under-19 World Championships, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2-12, 2009
Group A: Angola, Greece, Lithuania, Puerto Rico
Group B: United States, Egypt, France, Iran
Group C: Australia, Canada, Span, Syria
Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, New Zealand
PRELIMINARY GAME SCHEDULE
FIBA Under-19 World Championships, Auckland, New Zealand
July 2: United States vs. Iran, TBA
July 3: United States vs. France, TBA
July 4: United States vs. Egypt, TBA
July 6-8: Second Round Qualifying games (3 new games)
July 10: Quarterfinal Round
July 11: Semifinal Round
July 12: Gold Medal Game
Dixon Named National Team Coach
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