TCU head coach Jamie Dixon is a two-time USA Basketball gold medalist, helping lead the USA to gold at the 2021 U19 World Cup and the 2009 U19 World Cup, which ended a USA 18-year drought between FIBA U19 World Cup titles.
Following the 2021 gold at the FIBA U19 World Cup, Dixon was named as a co-recipient of the 2021 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year Award, which he shared with 2021 USA Women's U19 head coach Cori Close. Dixon also was the 2009 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year after he led the 2009 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team to a gold medal.
In 2021, Dixon led the USA Basketball U19 team to a 7-0 record and gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Riga, Latvia. Dixon's team averaged 95.0 points a game with an average margin of victory of 29.8 points per game. His team was led by World Cup MVP Chet Holmgren, All-Star Five selection, Jaden Ivey, Kenneth Lofton Jr. and his own guard from TCU, Mike Miles.
Dixon led the 2009 USA Basketball U19 team to the FIBA World Championship gold medal and a 9-0 record in Auckland, New Zealand. It was the USA’s first U19 World Cup championship since 1991.
Featuring collegiate standouts Seth Curry, Gordon Hayward, Tyshawn Taylor, Klay Thompson and others, Dixon’s USA team averaged 88.2 points a game, and it’s average margin of victory in its nine wins was 22.2 points per game. For his golden effort, Dixon was tagged as the recipient of the 2009 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award, and his U19 squad earned USA Basketball's 2009 Team of the Year Award.
Dixon completed in 2020-21 his fifth season at TCU (2016-17 to present) and has compiled an overall record of 96-71 record (.575 winning percentage). All told, in 18 seasons as head coach he has earned a 424–193 record (.687 winning percentage) while making 16 post-season appearances, including 12 NCAA Tournaments.
“It’s an honor to be back coaching USA basketball,” said Dixon. “I’m excited to work with two great coaches in Jerod Haase and James Jones as we assemble the best team possible to represent USA at the FIBA World Cup.”
In his first season at TCU, Dixon led the Horned Frogs to the 2017 NIT Championship, their first postseason tournament title. In his second season, Dixon led TCU back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 seasons.
Dixon, a 2007 TCU Hall of Fame Inductee, returned to his alma mater on March 22, 2016, after serving 13 seasons as head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He has earned four college basketball National Coach of the Year honors, including the 2009 Naismith Coach of the Year.
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 16 appearances and one NCAA Regional Final, and two NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds in 2009 and 2011.
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. In addition, his .658 career Big East win percentage ranks as the best all-time mark in league play. 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.
His coaching experience also includes assistant coaching stints at Pitt (1999-2003), Hawaii (1998-99 and 1992-94), Northern Arizona (1994-98), and UC Santa Barbara (1991-92).
Dixon played at TCU and helped lead the Horned Frogs to Southwest Conference titles as a junior and senior. He earned All-SWC honors in 1987 and was an All-SWC Academic honoree. In addition, he led the SWC in assists as a senior and was voted TCU's Senior Male Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
Dixon was selected in the 1987 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets. He went on to play professionally with the Lacrosse Catbirds of the Continental Basketball Association and also in New Zealand.