Saturday , Mar , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Panthers extend Dixon for three years

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – The University of Pittsburgh announced on
Saturday it has extended the contract of head men’s basketball coach Jamie
Dixon for three years, keeping him with the Panthers through the 2012-13

This past season, Dixon led Pittsburgh to a 25-8 record and a fifth
consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, a school best. However, the Panthers, who
entered the tournament seeded fifth in the Oakland bracket, fell in defeat to
13th-seeded Bradley in the second round.

“Jamie Dixon has done an outstanding job building our program the right way
with quality student-athletes,” said Pittsburgh athletic director Jeff Long.
“Academically and athletically, our program is on the right track. Our program
already has become one of the country’s most consistently successful, and I
believe it has the potential to grow even stronger under Coach Dixon’s

Dixon owns a 76-22 record in three seasons with the Panthers. He became the
first head coach in school history to lead Pittsburgh to both three
consecutive 20-plus win seasons and three straight 10-win regular seasons in
Big East play.

“We’ve been able to celebrate Big East championships and NCAA Tournament
appearances while playing in the sold out Petersen Events Center,” Dixon said.
“That success on the court has been mirrored by tremendous academic
achievement. Pitt basketball has a very bright future and we are working to
build on our recent success.”

Dixon is in good shape for next season and may see the return of as many as
nine of his top 11 players, including rising seniors Aaron Gray, Antonio
Graves, Levon Kendall and Doyle Hudson.