Jamie Dixon Named Naismith National Coach of the Year

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

DON’T BE COY, JAMIE . . . Wait, yes, be COY! 

Congratulations to Naismith National Coach of the Year, Jamie Dixon of the Pittsburgh Panthers.  A 4PM news conference is scheduled at the Peterson Events Center to make the announcement that one of the nation’s top honors in college hoops is being awarded to the Pitt Panther’s head coach. 

University of Pittsburgh Panthers Head Coach Jamie Dixon

University of Pittsburgh Panthers' Head Coach Jamie Dixon

During his six years as a head coach, Jamie Dixon has won more games (163) than any other head coach in NCAA history has in their first six seasons and led the Panthers to the Elite Eight for the first time in 35 years, tying a school record 31-wins in the 2008-9 season.  Not to mention achieving the program’s first ever No. 1 national ranking, and first ever No. 1 NCAA tournament seed.  I’d say he’s deserving . . . Not that I am biased or anything . . .

The award is voted on by the basketball journalist members of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. 

“Pittsburgh had a tremendous season and much of that success goes to Jamie and the wonderful coaching job he did with this team,” Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president, said in a statement. “During his six seasons he has built a solid program that continues to produce wonderful results, both on and off the court.”

Jamie Dixon beat out Jeff Capel of Oklahoma, Trent Johnson of LSU and Bill Self of Kansas.

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