Jamie Dixon on the Rise

By Richard G. Kent
Updated: March 10, 2011

Jamie Dixon and Pittsburg players

Jamie Dixon and Pittsburg players

New York, NY—Jamie Dixon is the head coach at Pittsburgh. The basketball head coach. The winningest head coach in the NCAA since 2003.
Dixon has never been to a Final Four.
Jamie Dixon is the quickest head coach to ever achieve 200 wins. Quicker than John Wooden.
Jamie Dixon got knocked out of the Big East Tournament today by UConn without winning a game despite being seeded no. 1.
Jamie Dixon was Big East Coach of the year in 2004.
Jamie Dixon’s teams play with very little margin for error,playing most of their games in the 50′s.
Jamie Dixon was Naismith National Coach of the Year, a year in which Pitt attained its first no. 1 ranking ever.
The TCU grad is a story of contradictions. he never has top recruiting classes,recruits New York City very well and rarely puts guys in the NBA.
Dixon’s teams are tough and well prepared but have never come close to winning it all.
Today’s loss to UConn was disappointing. Pitt was more veteran and favored. Coach Calhoun ran a basic play for Kemba Walker at the end and Pitt seemed caught off guard.
This year’s NCAA Tournament may go a long way to defining the coaching career of Dixon. He seems to have at worst an Elite Eight team. Will they achieve that far?