Pitt’s Jamie Dixon Signs 10-Year Contract Extension
PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The University of Pittsburgh says head basketball coach Jamie Dixon has signed a 10-year contract extension that runs through the 2022-23 season.
According to a press release from Pitt, Dixon says that he intends to “finish his career at the University of Pittsburgh.”
In the press release, Dixon said: “Pitt and Pittsburgh are home. My family and I feel blessed to be part of such a great institution and wonderful city. It is the people who truly make a place special. I could not be surrounded by better players, staff and administration. These aren’t just people I work for and with every day. They’re friends and I’m very thankful for that.”
There had been talk that USC was targeting Dixon, a Southern California native, for its open job.
Dixon first joined the University of Pittsburgh as associate head coach in 1999.
The Panthers went 24-9 this season and finished fourth in their final year in the Big East but were blown out by Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
Dixon is 11-9 in the tournament, though Pitt has not advanced past the opening weekend since 2009, when it lost to Villanova in the regional finals.
Dixon is 262-86 in a decade with the Panthers, who are moving to the ACC this summer.
Pitt’s Athletic Director Steve Pederson said in the press release: “Very few programs can match the sustained success that Pitt basketball has achieved during the past decade under Jamie Dixon. As we move forward as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, our future has never been brighter or provided more opportunity. In order to maintain and build upon our past success, it was important to our university and athletic department that we make a strong long-term commitment to Jamie. He has been far more than a basketball coach at Pitt and we are fortunate to have such a high-caliber person representing our university. I look forward to continuing to work with Jamie as he leads our program into an exciting new era in the ACC.”