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TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte has announced the hiring of Jamie Dixon as head men’s basketball coach.
Dixon, a 2007 TCU Hall of Fame Inductee, becomes the 22nd head coach in the history of the Horned Frogs men’s basketball program. He returns to his alma mater after serving 13 seasons as head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Dixon, who has earned four college basketball National Coach of the Year honors, including the 2009 Naismith Coach of the Year, previously served as an assistant at Pitt, Northern Arizona, Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara.
Dixon’s 13-year head coaching tenure at Pitt saw the Panthers compile a 328-123 record and earn 11 NCAA Tournament berths, including three Sweet Sixteen appearances and one NCAA Regional Final. He is one of only eight coaches nationally to guide their program to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 13 seasons and led Pitt to its first two NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds in 2009 and 2011. Only two coaches (Mark Few and Roy Williams) in NCAA history have taken their school to the NCAA Tournament more times in their first 13 seasons as a head coach than Dixon. He ranks No. 9 among winningest active Division I coaches, as well as winningest coaches all-time through 13 seasons.
Dixon guided Pitt to three Big East Championships, including two outright regular-season titles and one tournament championship. He set an NCAA Division I all-time record for best start to a coaching career after eight seasons with 216 victories and his .727 career winning percentage currently ranks in the top-25 nationally. In addition, his .658 career Big East win percentage ranks as the best all-time mark in league play, surpassing the likes of Georgetown’s John Thompson, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and St. John’s Lou Carnesseca. He is one of only nine coaches in NCAA Division I history to win over 100 games during his first four seasons of a coaching career and helped Pitt capture the program’s first No. 1 national ranking in 2008-09.
TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon announced the hiring of David Patrick in April.
Patrick comes to Fort Worth following a successful tenure at LSU where he helped the Tigers land the nation’s No. 5 and No. 3 ranked recruiting classes in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
LSU’s most recent class in 2015 included national prep award winner and No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, No. 15 Antonio Blakeney and No. 39 Brandon Sampson. Simmons was the consensus National Freshman of the Year this past season, a multiple All-America honoree and is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
TCU head coach Jamie Dixon announced the addition of Ryan Miller to his coaching staff in April.
Widely recognized as one of the top recruiters in college basketball, Miller comes to Fort Worth following two years at UNLV where he was instrumental in helping the Runnin’ Rebels land the nation’s No. 11 and No. 5 ranked recruiting classes in 2015 and 2014, respectively.
During his time at UNLV, Miller helped develop and coach Rashad Vaughn who was drafted No. 17 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2015 NBA Draft. Vaughn was a 2014 McDonald’s All-America honoree and a consensus five-star recruit, who was ranked as high as No. 8 nationally coming out of Findlay College Prep. He went on to become the Mountain West Freshman of the Year at UNLV after averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
TCU men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon put the finishing touches on his coaching staff, adding Corey Barker in May.
Barker, a Houston native, comes to Fort Worth after spending this past season as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech where he was instrumental in helping the Bulldogs sign four players from the state of Texas.
During the 2015-16 season, La Tech recorded a 23-10 overall record and advanced to postseason play. Barker played a key part in helping Alex Hamilton and Erik McCree earn all-conference accolades this past year. Hamilton was also the league Player of the Year and earned AP Honorable Mention All-America honors.