BALTIMORE – Former University of Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon appears to be on his way to becoming the men’s basketball coach at Coppin State University in Baltimore. Several news reports over the weekend said Coppin State would be hiring Dixon to lead its program. The Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and Terrapin Times all reported […]
BALTIMORE – Former University of Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon appears to be on his way to becoming the men’s basketball coach at Coppin State University in Baltimore.
Several news reports over the weekend said Coppin State would be hiring Dixon to lead its program. The Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and Terrapin Times all reported that Dixon would get the job, and Coppin State promised a major announcement on the subject this week.
Dixon, 38, comes from Baltimore but played a vital role in Maryland winning the 2002 National Championship. The Terps’ all-time leading scorer was a special assistant to Head Coach Mark Turgeon for three seasons. Dixon then left last summer and took over as the women’s head coach at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).
The women’s team went 3-25, but had lost many players from a good squad the previous year. Oddly enough, Dixon will take over for DeWayne Burroughs, who left to take the Coppin State women’s job.
In an interview last fall, Dixon said he learned a lot from working under Turgeon and playing for former coach Gary Williams. The former guard said he realized that being a coach is what he wanted to do after his playing career ended.
It now appears that he will have a chance to run the men’s team at Coppin State. The school recently fired Head Coach Michael Grant, who had replaced local icon Ron “Fang” Mitchell. Grant ran the team for three years, but there was not much improvement, and they stumbled to an 8-24 record this past season.
However, Dixon, upon taking the UDC job, said he was ready to be the top man. Now, he gets a chance to prove it in his hometown.
“I have a lot to learn as a head coach, (and) my job is to continue to learn every day from members of my staff,” he said last fall. “I’ll keep my eyes and ears open. I’m having fun.”
Bowie State Softball wins again
Bowie State was supposed to play a doubleheader last Saturday against Elizabeth City State. Even though Mother Nature changed the Bulldogs’ plans a bit, they still made out just fine.
The two teams wound up getting one game in, a 14-2 victory over Elizabeth City State in five innings. Poor field conditions eliminated the chance at a second match. The victory improved Bowie State to 15-18 overall (11-2 in the CIAA, 6-1 in the North).
The Bulldogs pounded out 14 hits in the win. Inaya Jones topped the team with four hits while Jacqueline Pickering, Nicoleen Ochoa and Morgan Powell each added two. Ochoa drove in four runs while Pickering had three RBI.
Pitcher Stefanie Ray went the distance for Bowie State and struck out six to notch win No. 12 on the year.
The Bulldogs gave her plenty of support, as they scored twice in the first and three times in the second and third before blasting the game open with a six-run fourth.
The second game will be made up on April 28 at Virginia State. After that match, Bowie State will then end its regular season with a doubleheader at Virginia State the next day at 1 and 3 p.m.