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He helped turn destitute programs at Pitt, Hawaii and Northern Arizona into winners and has experienced a high level of accomplishment at several different levels. Facing a major rebuilding project, he joined the Pitt staff in 1999 as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. In four short years, he helped turn the Pitt basketball program into a consistent national power. In 2000-01, the Panthers surged through the conference tournament, earning a surprising Big East Championship title game berth while winning five of their last seven contests. It was that year in Madison Square Garden that the college basketball world first took notice of the emerging Pitt program as the Panthers upset nationally ranked Syracuse, Notre Dame and a surging Miami team to earn the school’s first-ever championship game berth. That strong finish concluded with a National Invitation Tournament berth, the school’s first postseason appearance in four years. The 2001-02 Pitt team built upon that momentum as it finished 29-6 and surpassed the school record of 25 victories set in 1973-74. Pitt won the Big East West championship, the school’s first league title of any kind since the 1987-88 campaign, and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine seasons (199293). The squad also became the first Pitt team to advance to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen since 1973-74 with two NCAA tournament wins over Central Connecticut State and California. With all five starters and nine letterwinners back, the 2002-03 Pitt squad captured the school’s firstever Big East Tournament champi-

BIG EAST’S ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACHES (PCT.) Coach Pct. JAMIE DIXON, PITT ............. .708 John Thompson, GU ............... .653 Jim Calhoun, UConn .............. .645 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse ......... .642 Lou Carnesecca, SJU ............. .635 Mike Jarvis, SJU .................... .613 Ben Howland, Pitt .................. .613 Rollie Massimino, VU ............. .572 (league regular season games and championship games combined)

onship while making its third straight appearance in the title game. It finished 28-5 on the year and advanced to its second consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Panthers also won their second straight Big East West title and coBig East regular-season title with a second consecutive 13-3 league record. In addition, the Panthers concluded the inaugural season in the Petersen Events Center with a perfect 16-0 home record and ended the season on a 22-game home win streak. Prior to Pittsburgh, Dixon served as an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii under legendary head coach Riley Wallace for the 1998-99 season and previously was an assistant under Ben Howland at Northern Arizona University (1994-98). He also coached as an assistant with Howland at the University of California-Santa Barbara (1991-92) under Jerry Pimm before moving on to the University of Hawaii for two seasons (1992-94). While at Northern Arizona, Dixon helped lead the Lumberjacks to a 42-17 record over his last two

YEAR BY YEAR WITH JAMIE DIXON Year Y 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Career

W-L 31-5 20-9 25-8 29-8 27-10 31-5 25-9 28-6 216-60

Overall Pct. .861 .689 .758 .783 .730 .861 .735 .824 .783

Big East W-L Pct. 13-3 .813 10-6 .625 10-6 .625 12-4 .750 10-8 .556 15-3 .833 13-5 .722 15-3 .833 98-38 .721

BET W-L Pct. 2-1 .667 0-1 .000 3-1 .750 2-1 .667 4-0 1.000 0-1 .000 0-1 .000 0-1 .000 11-7 .611

W-L 2-1 0-1 1-1 2-1 1-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 11-8

NCAA Pct. .667 .000 .500 .667 .500 .750 .500 .500 .579


2011-12 Pitt Men's Basketball Media Guide  
2011-12 Pitt Men's Basketball Media Guide  

Entire 2011-12 Pitt men's basketball media guide containing school and program information, biograpraphical information, opponents' facts, s...