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Former Terps star Juan Dixon hired as UDC women’s basketball coach


Juan Dixon, left, helped Maryland to its only men’s basketball national title. (Joel Richardson For The Washington Post)

The University of the District of Columbia has hired former Maryland star Juan Dixon to be its next women’s basketball coach, the school announced in a news release.

Dixon’s only previous college coaching experience came as a special assistant to Terrapins men’s basketball Coach Mark Turgeon, a position he held from 2013 until July, when he was relieved of his duties. With his role limited by NCAA rules regarding the size of coaching staffs, Dixon was not allowed to coach, recruit or assist heavily in player development. Instead, he helped Turgeon with scouting, film breakdown, academic support and administrative duties.

Dixon replaces DeWayne Burroughs, who left Division II UDC for Coppin State after compiling a 21-9 record in his one year as the Firebirds’ coach.

“There is no question Juan Dixon will take our women’s basketball program to the next level,” UDC Athletic Director Patricia Thomas said in the statement. “His tremendous success as a student-athlete, as well as professionally, combined with his respect for the development of students support our goals. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Juan and welcome him to the Firebird community.”

Dixon, who turned 38 on Sunday, helped lead Maryland to its only national title, in 2002, and played seven seasons in the NBA before ending his playing career in Europe.

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