July 19, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The National Association of Basketball Coaches has named Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon to its board of directors, the organization announced Tuesday morning. Dixon joins Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, North Carolina State’s Mark Gottfried and Butler’s Brad Stevens as one of four new coaches named to the prestigious NABC board of directors.
The NABC is governed by its board of directors, which consists of six officers, 15 board members and various NABC staff members. Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary University of Kansas basketball coach. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group with the goal to serve as “Guardians of the Game.” The NABC currently has 5,000 members.
This appointment marks the second national administrative post for Dixon. Since the 2008-09 season, Dixon has also served on the NCAA Ethics Coalition, a committee created to promote ethical conduct among Division I men’s basketball coaches through education, leadership and mentoring. Dixon, Saint Joseph’s Phil Martelli and Butler’s Stevens are the only three coaches nationally who serve on both committees.
A four-time national coach of the year honoree, Dixon guided his 2010-11 Pitt team to an outright Big East regular season championship with a school-best 15-3 league record, a 28-6 overall record and the program’s second No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championship. Dixon also set the all-time NCAA Division I record for most wins after eight seasons as a head coach.
In his eight-year career as head coach at Pitt, Dixon has:
- Amassed a 216-60 career record and .783 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 eight consecutive 20-win overall and 10-win Big East seasons.
- Directed the Panthers to one NCAA Elite Eight (2009), three NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances (2004, 2007 and 2009) and is the only coach in school history to guide Pitt to eight straight NCAA Tournament berths.
- Amassed a 98-38 Big East regular season record and 133-12 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).