Written by: Thomas Scott
April 22, 2017
Coppin State delivered a resounding message to the entire Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Eagle basketball program is now recomitted to winning. According to sources, Coppin State has hired local hero and former NCAA champion Juan Dixon as Head Basketball Coach. A move that personifies the current athletic culture shift at the university.
Coach Juan Dixon will be partnering with recently hired Athletic Director Derek Carter. Together the pair look to restore the Coppin State basketball program to its heyday. Nearly 20 years ago Coppin State became one of only eight #15 seeds to upset a #2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Since then the program has been crippled by mediocrity. Last year the team struggled, finishing with an 8-24 record. They are currently on their sixth straight losing season.
Despite limited head coaching experience, Dixon is the perfect canditate to execute the Coppin State rebuild. As a player Dixon won the 2002 NCAA championship, was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and is the all-time leading scorer in Maryland Terp history. He later went on to be drafted by thw Washington Wizards and played in the NBA from 2002-2009.
In short, Juan Dixon in a Maryland basketball legend. Sports International regional Marketing Director Conor Amderson said it best when speaking to the Baltimore Sun.
“Anytime you can get someone who has that kind of name recognition to go along with the expertise Juan has having been involved with so many camps in the Maryland and DC area, its exactly what you hope for.”
Coppin state fans can only hop his pedigree attracts top talent and that his playing experience resonates with their roster.