Jamie Dixon to Return to His Alma Mater, Texas Christian
Panthers Embark on National Coaching Search
PITTSBURGH (PittsburghPanthers.com) — Jamie Dixon, who recently completed his 13th season as head men’s basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh, has accepted the same position at his alma mater, Texas Christian University.
Dixon spent the past 17 years at Pitt, arriving in 1999 as the lead assistant under Ben Howland. In 2003, Dixon was promoted to head coach and proceeded to lead the Panthers to 11 NCAA Tournaments over the next 13 seasons. He finished his Pitt tenure with a 328-123 record (.727).
Statement from University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher:
“For 17 years—13 as head coach—Jamie Dixon has been a remarkable ambassador for the University of Pittsburgh. He was a great leader who cared deeply for our student-athletes and our entire basketball program. I can appreciate that the rare chance of coaching for your alma mater does not come up very often and is hard to pass up, but we will miss him here at Pitt. We wish him the best and we now turn our attention to advancing our program, building on the solid foundation Jamie left us.”
Statement from University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director Scott Barnes:
“On behalf of the University of Pittsburgh, I want to thank Jamie for his tremendous service to not only Pitt basketball but our entire institution. His impact on our university went well beyond his coaching responsibilities. Jamie has always represented Pitt, and the game of college basketball, in exceptional fashion. For all of these things we are eternally grateful.”
“In recent weeks, Jamie and I engaged in a number of conversations regarding his long-term personal and professional aspirations. In accepting the job at TCU he is, in many ways, returning home. We all wish him and his family the very best in his new endeavor.”
“Our focus now turns to securing new leadership for our basketball program. This provides us with the opportunity to find an individual who will maintain, and build upon, our stature as a perennial NCAA Tournament program.”
“The University of Pittsburgh is an outstanding institution with all of the elements necessary to attract an equally outstanding basketball coach. I am excited about the opportunity we have before us.”