Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh head men's basketball coach Jamie
Dixon will remain at the university for next season and beyond after reaching
agreement on a 10-year contract extension through 2022-23 on Saturday.
Dixon, a Southern California native, was considered to be a leading target of
USC to fill its vacant head coaching position.
"Pitt and Pittsburgh are home," Dixon said in a release. "My family and I feel
blessed to be part of such a great institution and wonderful city. It is the
people who truly make a place special. I could not be surrounded by better
players, staff and administration. These aren't just people I work for and
with every day. They're friends and I'm very thankful for that.
"I would like to express special appreciation to our leadership team of
chancellor Mark Nordenberg, athletic director Steve Pederson and executive
vice chancellor Jerry Cochran. Their guidance and friendship have been
invaluable. I greatly appreciate the faith and support they have always shown
me since my arrival at Pitt."
Dixon guided the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time during his
10 years at the helm of the program this past season, though the Panthers were
eliminated by Wichita State in Thursday's second round. The 47-year-old has
compiled a 262-86 overall record at Pitt, with his .753 winning percentage the
highest of any coach in school history.
"Very few programs can match the sustained success that Pitt basketball has
achieved during the past decade under Jamie Dixon," Pederson said. "As we move
forward as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, our future has never
been brighter or provided more opportunity. In order to maintain and build
upon our past success, it was important to our university and athletic
department that we make a strong long-term commitment to Jamie. He has been
far more than a basketball coach at Pitt and we are fortunate to have such a
high-caliber person representing our university."
Pittsburgh finished with a 24-9 overall record this past season along with a
12-6 mark in its final go-around in the Big East Conference. The Panthers will
join the ACC on July 1.
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