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Pitt's Jamie Dixon accepts head coaching job at TCU

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Longtime Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon 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).

“For 17 years—13 as head coach—Jamie Dixon has been a remarkable ambassador for the University of Pittsburgh," said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. "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.”

Pitt finished 21-12 this season, bowing out of the NCAA Tournament with a 47-43 opening round loss to Wisconsin. The Panthers return seven of their nine leading scorers next season.

“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," said athletic director Scott Barnes. "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.”

Dixon led Pitt to two Big East regular season titles and one Big East Tournament championship. He took the team to three Sweet Sixteen apperances and one Elite Eight.

The 50-year-old Dixon, whose Pitt teams averaged 25 wins per season, takes over a TCU program that has won just eight Big 12 games over the past three seasons.

Barnes said that he has several potential replacements for Dixon in mind.

“Our focus now turns to securing new leadership for our basketball program," Barnes said. "This provides us with the opportunity to find an individual who will maintain, and build upon, our stature as a perennial NCAA Tournament program.”

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