Juan Dixon is a legend and an icon of Maryland basketball after helping the Terrapins win their first NCAA championship in 2002.
Now, Dixon will take on a new role with the Terps. In moves that will officially be announced later today, Juan Dixon will become a special assistant to the head coach. This all has been put into motion after Dalonte Hill resigned from his position following his third DUI in the past five years.
With Hill’s resignation, director of basketball operations Dustin Clark will slide into Hill’s assistant coach position. Clark has already been helping to recruit and coach ever since Hill took a leave of absence.
We will know more about Juan Dixon’s role as special assistant when all of this is officially announced by the athletic department but it has been reported that he will help mentor, break down film, and scout.
Juan Dixon’s duties will include mentorship and film breakdown. He will not recruit on the road.
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) November 27, 2013
These changes to the coaching staff help Maryland basketball in more ways than one. Hill’s resignation means that the University will not have to pay to buy out his contract. The addition of Juan Dixon will bring excitement to players, former players, and to prospective players which will help bolster the basketball program.
Dixon will also help to unify the Turgeon era with the past. When the Terps step out onto the court in College Park, they will look to the rafters and see the 2002 championship banner as well as Dixon’s number which has not been worn since 2002. They walk on a court named after the previous coach who helped get Maryland basketball back to national prominence.
Now, it’s time for Maryland basketball to take the next step in the Turgeon era and propel themselves back to the top. Dixon gives the players a real champion to watch, listen, and learn from.
The Terps new staff will look to keep the momentum going this Friday against Morgan State (1-6).