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May 5, 2014

WASHINGTON D.C.--Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon is one of seven college basketball coaches selected to lead a panel discussion on leadership with approximately 400 service members at the Pentagon on Wednesday. As part of the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops "Commitment To Service" program, the panel discussion is being sponsored by a partnership between the National Basketball Association, USA Basketball and the United States Department of Defense.

Dixon will join Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma, Connecticut men's coach Kevin Ollie, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and Villanova's Jay Wright on the panel.

Prior to the panel discussion, the seven coaches will have lunch with Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, to discuss leadership and other issues. Dempsey is the principal military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense.

"These preeminent coaches lead their own world-class teams in USA Basketball and the NCAA," said Dempsey. "We'll discuss the importance of dynamic leadership to building winning teams and also expose these coaches to what our world-class military team brings to the nation."

Moderated by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, the panel discussion will be televised live on The Pentagon Channel and webcast at starting at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The open panel discussion will focus on challenges facing championship-level teams and the U.S. military. Among the topics will be how to motivate and inspire people towards pursuit of a common goal, how to mentor young adults for a lifetime of positive contributions, how to recruit and retain the best talent and how to better integrate a diverse group of people.

Representing basketball coaches on the national level is nothing new for Dixon. Since 2011, Dixon has served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors and on the NCAA Ethics Coalition for the last six years.

A four-time national coach of the year honoree, Dixon guided his 2013-14 Pitt team to the program's 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 13 seasons, one of only seven NCAA Division I programs to achieve that honor. Pitt finished 26-10 overall and in fifth place in its first-ever ACC season. Dixon has also set the all-time NCAA Division I record for most victories after both seven and eight seasons as a head coach.

In his 11-year career as head coach at Pitt, Dixon has:

  • Amassed a 288-96 career record and .750 winning percentage.
  • Guided Pitt to three Big East championships (2003-04 regular season, 2007-08 tournament and 2010-11 regular season).
  • Led Pitt to two 30-win seasons (31 in both 2003-04 and 2008-09) and 20 overall and 10-league wins in 10 of his 11 seasons at Pitt.
  • Directed the Panthers to one NCAA Elite Eight (2009), three NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances (2004, 2007 and 2009) and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 11 seasons.
  • Amassed a 126-64 combined ACC/Big East regular season record and 177-27 home record.
  • Propelled Pitt to its first-ever No. 1 national ranking and two No. 1 seeds upon entering the NCAA Tournament (2009 and 2011).


Jamie Dixon to Serve on Leadership Panel at the Pentagon

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