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Dixon wins national honor

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Jamie Dixon was presented with the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award on Friday in Indianapolis. The award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com.

The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators.

Dixon, named the Naismith National Coach of the Year last season, guided his 2009-10 Pitt team to a 25-9 overall record, second place finish in the Big East with a 13-5 slate, the school’s ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and a No. 3 seed upon entering the tourney. Prior to the season, Pitt was unranked and picked to finish ninth in the Big East by league coaches.

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