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LOUISVILLE VS PITTSBURGH AT BIG EAST GAMES
Pittsburgh's head coach Jamie Dixon signals to his team as they take on Louisville in the first half of their of the Big East championship game held at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2006 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Jamie Dixon (November 10, 1965, in Burbank, California) is an American basketball head coach. He has served as the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team since 2003. In 2009 he was the head coach for the FIBA Under-19 2009 gold-medal winning United States national basketball team for which he was named the 2009 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year. Dixon was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2004, Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2009, and Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year in 2010. Dixon played college basketball at Texas Christian University, was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 1987 NBA Draft, and played professionally with the Continental Basketball Association's Lacrosse Catbirds and for Hawke's Bay Hawks of the New Zealand National Basketball League.

Dixon began his coaching career in 1989 as the head coach at Te Aute College, a secondary school in New Zealand, before serving as an assistant at Los Angeles Valley College from 1989-1991. He then became an assistant coach at UC-Santa Barbara and then at the University of Hawaii. Dixon then became an assistant coach to Ben Howland at Northern Arizona University and later moved to Pittsburgh as part of Howland's staff when Howland accepted the Pitt head coaching job in 1999. Dixon was promoted as Pittsburgh's head coach when Howland left for UCLA following the 2002–03 season.

Dixon became head coach at Pitt in 2003, the only head coaching position he has ever held, and has an overall NCAA Division I record of 188–54. His current 188 career wins ties the NCAA Division I record for most wins in the first seven seasons of a head coaching career. Previously, Dixon's 162nd win, which came in the 2009 NCAA Tournament over Oklahoma State, broke the NCAA Division I record for most victories in the first six seasons as a head coach formerly held by former North Carolina State coach Everett Case. He was awarded the Naismith College Coach of the Year honors following the 2008-09 season.

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