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Dixon named Sporting News National Coach of the Year

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Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was named the 2010-11 National Coach of the Year by The Sporting News magazine today.

It marks the third consecutive season that Dixon has garnered a National Coach of the Year award, and the fourth overall award during that span.

Pitt (28-6) went a school-best 15-3 in the Big East on the way to the regular-season championship. The Panthers were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, before losing to Butler in the Round of 32.

Dixon, an eighth-year coach, finished the 2010-11 season as the winningest coach in Big East history with a current .708 winning percentage in league games (109-45). His .783 overall winning percentage ranks third among active coaches at the NCAA Division I level.

Dixon was named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year and the USA Basketball Coach of the Year following the 2009-10 season, and the Naismith National Coach of the Year following the 2008-09 season. Dixon is the second Pitt coach to earn The Sporting News National Coach of the Year honors. Ben Howland received the award following the 2001-02 season.

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