(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh is taking its coach with it to the ACC.
The university signed men’s head basketball coach Jamie Dixon to a 10-year contract Saturday.
“Pitt and Pittsburgh are home,” Dixon said. “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.”
Dixon has spent the past 10 years at Pitt leading the team to a 262-86 record. He has the best winning percentage of any coach in Big East history, and led the Panthers to a 24-9 record this season.
There was speculation USC was attempting to lure Dixon out west. Now Dixon will stay with Pitt as the school prepares to join the ACC this summer.
“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,” Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson said in a statement. “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.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN