The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus reported Saturday that former Maryland men’s basketball player and assistant coach Juan Dixon will be the next men’s basketball coach at Coppin State.
Dixon, a 38-year-old Baltimore native who helped lead Maryland to the 2002 national title and is the program’s all-time leading scorer, spent last season as the women’s coach at the University of the District of Columbia, leading the Firebirds to a 3-25 record. Before that he spent three seasons as a special assistant to Terrapins men’s coach Mark Turgeon. Not one of Turgeon’s three official assistants, Dixon’s duties were constrained by NCAA rules: He was not allowed to coach, recruit or assist heavily in player development, instead helping out with scouting and film breakdown, academic support and mentorship, and additional administrative duties. He also finished his Family Science degree at Maryland in 2013 before parting ways with the program last July.
Competing out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Coppin State has won fewer than 10 games in four of the last five seasons and has had just one winning season since its last NCAA tournament appearance in 2010-11. The team went 8-24 this past season and Michael Grant was fired after three years as head coach in March.