Baltimore’s native son is returning home to coach some college basketball.
Juan Dixon, former Maryland Terrapins superstar who helped lead the team to their first ever National Championship appearance in 2002, has been hired by nearby Coppin State as its new head basketball coach.
The news was reported on Saturday afternoon.
Dixon faces a long climb in his efforts to make Coppin State a relevant program, though. The team has failed to post wins in the double-digits for the last three seasons, and hasn’t made a tournament appearance since the 2007-08 season.
Dixon’s hiring will stir a lot of goodwill and could be the deciding factor that lures some homegrown talent to the school. Players who were small children when he was making a name for himself are now looking to attend college, or transfer from the ones they already attend.
The former Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four was coaching Division II women’s basketball for the University of the District of Columbia last season. The program won only three games that season.