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Pitt gives Jamie Dixon three-year extension

Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson announced today that men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon has been given a three-year contract extension, through the 2015-16 season.

“This contract extension is all about commitment: our commitment to Jamie and his commitment to the University of Pittsburgh,” Pederson said in a statement. “Jamie has risen to the top of his profession in a very short period of time. He is deserving of this commitment by the university for establishing Pitt basketball as one of the nation’s premier programs.

Dixon has led the Panthers to a 132-40 record in six seasons as head coach, winning a Big East Conference regular-season title in 2004 and the Big East Tournament last spring and guiding the team to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and five consecutive 20-win seasons.

“Five years ago, we gave a young but extraordinarily capable and committed head coach the opportunity to lead our men’s basketball program — which he had helped move onto the national stage — to even higher level of quality and impact,” Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said. “Under Jamie Dixon’s leadership, that program has secured a position as one of the country’s finest — widely respected for its success in competition, its high-quality student-athletes and its strong guiding values. Jamie Dixon not only is one of college basketball’s best coaches, he also is one of our university’s best representatives.

“Today’s announcement is a clear reflection of our shared desire to have him continue in those roles for many years to come.”

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