Juan Dixon

Juan Dixon (born October 9, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach for Coppin State University in Baltimore. Dixon led the University of Maryland Terrapins to their first NCAA championship in 2002 and earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2002 Final Four.

Juan Dixon
Coppin State Eagles
PositionHead coach
LeagueMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1978-10-09) October 9, 1978
Baltimore, Maryland
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolCalvert Hall (Towson, Maryland)
CollegeMaryland (1998–2002)
NBA draft2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Playing career2002–2011
PositionPoint guard
Number3, 8, 12
Coaching career2016–present
Career history
As player:
20022005Washington Wizards
20052007Portland Trail Blazers
20072008Toronto Raptors
2008Detroit Pistons
2008–2009Washington Wizards
2009Aris Thessaloniki
2009–2010Unicaja Málaga
2011Bandırma Banvit
As coach:
2016–2017District of Columbia (women)
2017–presentCoppin State
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early life

Dixon was born in Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Lake Clifton High School as a freshman.[1] He then attended and played basketball at Calvert Hall, a high school in Towson, Maryland. While at Calvert Hall, he scored 1,590 career points under the tutelage of head coach Mark Amatucci.

Both his mother, Juanita, and father, Phil, were heroin addicts, and died of AIDS-related illnesses before Dixon was 17 years old.[2] He was then raised by his grandparents Roberta and Warnick Graves in Baltimore.

Dixon's aunt, Sheila Dixon, was the mayor of Baltimore.[3] Dixon's half brother is Jermaine Dixon, who played shooting guard for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers basketball team.[4] His second cousin Brandon Driver played cornerback for the San Jose State Spartans football team.[5] In 2016, Juan Dixon discovered that Phil Dixon was not his biological father, and that his biological father Bruce Flanigan was still alive. Flanigan had an affair with Juanita Dixon while she was separated from Phil, and a blood test confirmed his paternity. Dixon & Flanigan reconnected and became good friends.[6][7]

Personal life

Dating since 1996, Dixon married his high-school sweetheart, Robyn Bragg Dixon, in July 2005.[8] She works in the public relations field and is a cast member in the Bravo reality television show Real Housewives of Potomac. They have two sons, Corey (b. 2008) and Carter (b. 2010). The two divorced in March 2012 but still live together in Maryland.[9][10][11]

Playing career


Dixon arrived at the University of Maryland, College Park after head coach Gary Williams inadvertently discovered him at an AAU tournament in Georgia. Williams watched as Dixon dove for the ball down 20 points with two minutes to go. Williams was impressed by the effort.[12]

Dixon played in 34 games his freshman year and averaged 7.4 points per game. He made improvements in his sophomore year as he averaged 18 points per game and was selected to the 1999–2000 All-ACC team.

Both Dixon and the Terps entered the 2000–01 season with high expectations. The Terps began ranked in the top ten in most major polls while Dixon was a candidate for the Naismith Award Player of the Year award and the Wooden Award Player of the Year award. Dixon helped lead the Terps to their first ever Final Four appearance where the team lost to Duke. Dixon ended the season averaging 18.2 points per game and was again elected to the All-ACC first team.

Maryland began the 2001–02 season ranked #2 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Dixon led the Terps to a 32–4 record and the school's first ever National Championship. He was voted to All-ACC team and was also a first team All-American. He was also recognized as one of the nation's best college players and was honored as the 2002 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year and ACC Athlete of the Year.

He became Maryland's all-time scoring leader when he scored 29 points against Wisconsin to help Maryland advance to the Sweet Sixteen, passing Len Bias (2,149 points). He also became the only player in NCAA history to accumulate 2,000 points, 300 steals and 200 three-point field goals. In addition to leaving Maryland as the school's all-time scoring leader, Dixon also left as the Terrapins' all-time leader in three-pointers made (239) and attempted (615). He is second on Maryland's all-time steals list with 333 and third in free-throw percentage (.850). Dixon also stands as Maryland's all-time NCAA Tournament scoring leader with 294. Upon completion of his career, Dixon's #3 jersey was honored and now hangs in the Xfinity Center. In 2002, Juan Dixon was honored as a part of the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team, one of only 8 Terrapins selected to the 50-man team. After his senior season, Dixon was featured on the cover of a video game, NCAA Final Four.


Dixon was drafted 17th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2002 NBA draft. He spent the first three years of his NBA career with the Wizards. In his third season in Washington (2004–05), he averaged eight points per game, including a career-high 35 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls. Dixon signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers during the summer of 2005. Soon after, his Wizards and Terrapins teammate and friend Steve Blake signed with Portland as well. In his first game back in D.C., Dixon was given a standing ovation from the Verizon Center crowd upon coming off the bench towards the end of the first quarter.[13] In Dixon's first year with the Blazers, he started 42 times and played in 76 games. In his last year with the Wizards, he only started four games and played in 63. He also increased his scoring, assists, and shooting percentage considerably in Portland. However, he was later traded at the 2007 NBA trade deadline to Toronto for Fred Jones and future considerations.[14]

On the 2008 NBA trade deadline, February 21, 2008, Dixon was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for center Primož Brezec and cash considerations.[15]

On September 24, 2008, the Washington Wizards signed Dixon to a partially guaranteed one-year deal for $1.03 million, the veterans' minimum for a player with Dixon's experience.

On Sep 28, 2009, Juan Dixon signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks. He was waived October 20, 2009.[16]


On November 1, 2009, Dixon signed with Aris Thessaloniki of the Greek A1 League.[17] The next season, he joined Unicaja Málaga of Spain. In February 2010, he was suspended indefinitely by FIBA after testing positive for steroids.[18] In March 2011, he signed with Bandırma Banvit in Turkey.[19] He played one season before entering the coaching profession.

Coaching career

On November 27, 2013, Dixon joined the Maryland Terrapin coaching staff as a special assistant under head coach Mark Turgeon.[20] In July 2016, Dixon was relieved of his duties.[21]

On October 14, 2016. Dixon was hired as head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).[22] After a 3–25 season, he was hired as men's head coach at Coppin State.[23]

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
District of Columbia (East Coast Conference) (2016–2017)
2016–17 District of Columbia 3–252–1610th
District of Columbia: 3–25 (.107)2–16 (.111)
Total:3–25 (.107)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Coppin State (MEAC) (2017–present)
2017–18 Coppin State 5–275–1111th
2018–19 Coppin State 8–257–97th
2019–20 Coppin State
Coppin State: 13–52 (.200)12–20 (.375)
Total:13–52 (.200)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Career statistics


Season Averages
1998–99 Maryland Terrapins 34 14.9 7.4 250 2.6 88 1.4 47 47 1 .443 .371 .830
1999–00 Maryland Terrapins 35 34.0 18.0 630 5.5 192 3.6 127 96 11 .462 .363 .865
2000–01 Maryland Terrapins 36 30.5 18.2 654 4.3 153 2.6 93 95 8 .483 .411 .865
2001–02 Maryland Terrapins 36 33.6 20.4 735 4.6 166 2.9 104 89 7 .469 .397 .898
Totals: 141 28.4 16.1 2269 4.2 599 2.6 371 327 27 .468 .389 .850


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2002–03 Washington 42315.4.384.298.8041.
2003–04 Washington 711620.8.388.298.7992.
2004–05 Washington 63416.7.416.327.8971.
2005–06 Portland 764225.3.435.382.8042.
2006–07 Portland 55122.6.426.364.8331.
2006–07 Toronto 26526.3.425.325.9322.
2007–08 Toronto 36011.8.369.436.9471.
2007–08 Detroit 17014.4.480.394.4291.
2008–09 Washington 50616.3.395.333.8721.
Career 4367719.5.413.341.8331.


2005 Washington 10021.9.406.324.8402.
2007 Toronto 6010.5.381.
2008 Detroit
Career 18016.1.395.310.8401.

See also


  1. Satterfield, Lem (January 5, 1997). "Calvert Hall's Juan Dixon, headed for Maryland next season, is admired not only for his on-court skills, but for the way he -- and his family -- have dealt with some tough challenges". The Baltimore Sun.
  2. Myslenski, Skip (March 28, 2002). "Maryland's Juan Dixon has overcome a perilous childhood and his parents' deaths to become one of the nation's top players". Chicago Tribune.
  3. Washington, The (2007-01-17). "Dixon elevated to Baltimore mayor". Washington Times. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  4. "Player Bio: Jermaine Dixon – PittsburghPanthers.com – University of Pittsburgh Official Athletic Site". Pittsburghpanthers.cstv.com. 1987-04-15. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  5. "Brandon Driver – SJSUSpartans.com – Official Web Site of San Jose State Athletics". SJSU Spartans. 1987-09-09. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  6. Markus, Don (November 26, 2016). "Juan Dixon forges relationship with the father he didn't know existed". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  7. "HBO GO®. It's HBO. Anywhere.®". HBO GO®. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  8. "Ex-Terp Dixon weds today, may also say `I do' to Portland". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  9. "10 years after the national title, Juan Dixon says he's 'going to get back to the NBA'". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  10. "The Beauty Diaries - Washingtonian". 30 January 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  11. http://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/real-housewives-of-potomac-robyn-dixon&ved=0ahUKEwi36tDF7L_KAhWJHx4KHd8SCuAQFggbMAA&usg=AFQjCNEjvkf1XrYbw7Y-8Jce7clXay-p_A&sig2=xjO2Ga6AQ5WwOn8A9chVZQ Archived 2016-01-19 at the Wayback Machine
  12. "Sweet Redemption", by Gary Williams, David A Vise (2002)
  13. "Wizards 96, Blazers 89". Sportsline. 2008-06-11. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  14. The Official Site of the Portland Trail Blazers. "Portland acquires Fred Jones from Toronto, send Dixon to Raptors". NBA. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  15. NBA: Raptors deal Dixon
  16. Carter, Ivan (2008-09-24). "Wizards Bring Back Dixon". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  17. Στον Άρη ο Χουάν Ντίξον (in Greek)
  18. "Former NBA player banned after steroid test". Usa Today. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  19. Banvit, Juan Dixon İle Anlaştı Archived 2011-03-13 at the Wayback Machine (in Turkish)
  20. Markus, Don (2013-11-27). "Dixon to join Terps men's basketball staff as special assistant". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  21. "Terps relieve ex-star Dixon of assistant duties". ESPN.com. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  22. "Former Terps star Juan Dixon hired as UDC women's basketball coach". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  23. Markus, Don (April 22, 2017). "Former Terp Juan Dixon to be next men's basketball coach at Coppin State". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
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