Army Director of Athletics Kevin
Anderson sought one of the nation's top young coaches and a
fabulous recruiter when he scoured the country in search of the
next person to lead the Black Knights' basketball program.
Anderson delivered exactly that type of person this past October
as he named Maggie Dixon as Army's new head women's basketball
Dixon, who served as an assistant coach at DePaul University for
the past five years, became the Black Knights' seventh head
coach in the history of intercollegiate women's basketball
history at the United State Military Academy.
"I am extremely honored to be given the opportunity to coach at
West Point and to be able to work with the quality of
individuals that are in our program," Dixon said at the time of
her hiring. "I'm very excited about coming to a program that has
a foundation for success already in place, and I look forward to
the challenges of bringing that success to another level.
"Being at DePaul, I've worked under one of the best head coaches
in the country in Doug Bruno. He's taught me so much about the
coaching profession and prepared me well for this opportunity. I
feel that I'm ready to take over the reins of a program, and to
be given this opportunity at Army is amazing."
One of the nation's most highly regarded young coaches, Dixon
most recently served as head coach Doug Bruno's top assistant
and recruiting coordinator, playing a large role in the Blue
Demons' recent string of successes. DePaul has posted three
consecutive 20-win seasons and earned three consecutive trips to
the NCAA Tournament, reaching the tourney's second round twice.
In that time, the Blue Demons registered a combined record of
72-22, which translates into an impressive winning percentage of
DePaul enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history last
winter, closing the year with an overall record of 26-5. The
Blue Demons notched a 13-1 league record en route to capturing
the Conference USA championship and led the nation in both
scoring (82.7 ppg.) and assists (19.16). It marked the second
straight year that DePaul has led the country in scoring. The
squad featured three All-Conference USA selections, the league
"Freshman of the Year" and two Conference USA All-Freshman
choices. In addition to starring on the hardwood, the Blue
Demons excelled in the classroom, claiming Conference USA's Team
Academic Award in women's basketball, presented annually to the
squad in each sport with the league's highest cumulative
"We couldn't be more excited that Maggie Dixon has agreed to
become our new women's basketball head coach," said Anderson.
"We feel very strongly that she is the perfect choice to bring
our program to the next level. In addition to displaying a very
impressive basketball resume, we feel Maggie possesses all the
qualities and characteristics we are looking for in a role model
for our cadets."
"Maggie is widely regarded as one of the top young basketball
minds in the country," Anderson continued. "She has been a
valuable member of coach Bruno's staff at DePaul and helped
build that program into a national power. Maggie has proven her
ability to recruit nationally by attracting high-character
individuals and highly skilled ballplayers to DePaul's program
the past several years. We feel very fortunate that she has
agreed to lead our women's basketball program."
A 1999 graduate of the University of San Diego, Dixon earned
four varsity letters for the Toreros' basketball team. She
played in 103 games during her USD career and served as team
captain as a senior. She was voted San Diego's "Most Improved
Player" following her junior year.
After graduating from San Diego with a bachelor's degree in
history, Dixon landed a spot on Bruno's staff in May 2000 as
director of basketball operations. After serving in that
capacity during the 2000-01 campaign, the Los Angeles, Calif.,
native moved into an assistant's role during the summer of 2001.
She added the title of recruiting coordinator the following May
and was elevated to the position of Bruno's top assistant a year
ago. The Blue Demons enjoyed a great deal of success throughout
her tenure, reaching postseason play each of the five years she
was at DePaul. She was responsible for helping to attract one of
the nation's Top 10 recruiting classes to DePaul in 2004.
Throughout her career at San Diego, Dixon worked for a number of
San Diego volunteer organizations. With the USD Student Outreach
program, she traveled to local elementary schools to speak to
students. Other volunteer work included the Junior Seau
Foundation, Race for the Cure and the San Diego YMCA Senior
Olympics. She is currently completing work on a master's degree
from DePaul in educational leadership.
Coaching runs in the Dixon family as her brother, Jamie,
currently serves as the head coach of the men's basketball team
at the University of Pittsburgh. After serving as an assistant
at the NCAA Division I level for 12 seasons, he assumed the
reins of the Panthers' program in 2003-04, succeeding his former
boss Ben Howland, who accepted the head job at UCLA.