Jamie Dixon, the coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers, has just announced on CBS that he has signed an extension with the university through 2023. He started at Pittsburgh in 2003 and has compiled a record of 262-86 for a 75% winning percentage over the 10 seasons he has been there. That is the best winning percentage a coach has accumulated in the history of the Big East, and that is quite the feat given the coaches that have and who are still coaching in this conference. He has also taken the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in nine of ten years as coach and they have won the Big East regular season championship twice.
This is the time of the year that immediately after your season is complete that rumors swirl regarding the coaching carousal that always seems to be in motion. And there were speculations that Dixon could be interested in the open USC job given his California roots.
Dixon’s contract was not set to terminate at the end of the season, but by signing the extension any speculation of him bolting Pittsburgh seems to be a waste of time.
The Panthers exited the NCAA Tournament without much of a fight in the Round of 64 against #9 seeded Wichita St. Shockers, and now they prepare to make the move from the Big East to the ACC this summer. Pittsburgh was not a founding member of the Big East, but they did join three years after it was created in 1982.
Dixon has done an excellent job with the program and continued future success is almost a given.
Congrats to Coach Dixon.