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Dixon Earns Jim Phelan Award Mid-Season Honors




Jan. 8, 2009

Jim Phelan Award Website 

BOSTON--University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon has been named the mid-season award-winner for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award.

 

Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. This season's winner will be announced at the Final Four in Detroit.

 

"Jamie is a very deserving winner," Phelan said. "Every season, his teams have been among the best in the Big East and this season is no exception. The Panthers are a confident, strong and well-coached team."

 


 

 

Pitt's perfect 14-0 start includes wins at Texas Tech, Washington State, Florida State, Rutgers and Georgetown. The win at Georgetown ended the Hoyas' 28-game homecourt win streak and propelled Pitt to its first-ever No. 1 ranking.

 

Now in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt, Dixon has compiled a 146-40 overall record and led the program to two Big East Championships (2003-04 Big East regular season title and 2008 Big East Tournament championship). He became the first head coach in school history to guide Pitt to five consecutive 20-win seasons, 10-plus win Big East regular seasons and five straight NCAA Tournaments. Dixon has also directed the program to two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances (2004 and 2007). His 132 victories after his first five years as head coach rank as the third most wins after five seasons as a head coach in the history of NCAA Division I college basketball.

 

Dixon has also been appointed as the Big East representative on the National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA Division I Congress. The NABC Congress acts as a medium between the NABC and the conference coaches. His role as congressman is to help make decisions on what is best for collegiate basketball.

 

At 14-0 and 2-0 in the Big East, Pitt remains one of only four undefeated teams at the NCAA Division I level. The other schools include Clemson (14-0), Illinois State (14-0) and Wake Forest (13-0). Pitt hosts St. John's at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday, Jan. 11 at noon. The contest will be televised on ESPN Regional/WTAE-TV locally.

 

MID-SEASON VOTING RESULTS

(first place votes in parenthesis) 

Coach

School

Points

Jamie Dixon

Pitt

56 (6)

Tubby Smith

Minnesota

34 (1)

Oliver Purnell

Clemson

29 (2)

Dino Gaudio

Wake Forest

27 (2)

Jeff Capel

Oklahoma

20 (2)

Brad Stevens

Butler

18

John Beilein

Michigan

17

Al Skinner

Boston College

11 (1)

Tim Jakovich

Illinois State

10

Bob McKillop

Davidson

9 (1)

Bob Huggins

West Virginia

7

Trent Johnson

LSU

7

Jim Boeheim

Syracuse

6 (1)

Roy Williams

North Carolina

6 (1)

Mike Montgomery

California

6

Herb Sendek

Arizona State

6

Johnny Dawkins

Stanford

5 (1)

Jim Calhoun

Connecticut

5

Rick Barnes

Texas

4

Randy Bennett

Saint Mary's

4

John Thompson III

Georgetown

4

Mike Brey

Notre Dame

3

John Pelphrey

Arkansas

2

Scott Drew

Baylor

1

Frank Martin

Kansas State

1

Joe Mihalich

Niagara

1

Stew Morrill

Utah State

1

 

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