Former Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon departs from coaching staff
Juan Dixon’s run as a Maryland basketball assistant has come to an end. The former first-round draft pick, who helped lead the Terrapins to the 2002 national championship, has departed from the program, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon confirmed in a release.
“In my discussions with Juan, he has always expressed his desire to become a coach at the Division 1 or professional level,” Turgeon said in the statement. “While there is not an opening on the staff currently, I know Juan will be a highly successful coach once given the opportunity. Juan is one of the most accomplished players in Maryland history, and I appreciate his contributions as a special assistant with our basketball program the past three seasons.”
Dixon, 37, had been a special assistant with the team since 2013. He served a specific role to assist with academic support, mentoring and film review, but he was not permitted to officially coach or recruit for the program since the three assistant coach slots were filled.
Dixon is Maryland’s all-time leader in points, three-pointers and tournament points. His No. 3 jersey hangs in the XFINITY Center, and he was honored as one of eight Terrapins selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th anniversary team, announced in 2002.