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Juan Dixon in his element as women’s basketball coach at UDC

Juan Dixon in his element as women’s basketball coach at UDC

With Beyonce music coming through a pair of small speakers set near the court, University of the District of Columbia women's basketball coach Juan Dixon is constantly moving and teaching, blowing his whistle and cracking jokes, keeping a team made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores thoroughly engaged.

Those who watched a more detached Dixon during his time on the men's basketball staff at Maryland the past three years now can understand how frustrated he might have been by a role that limited him by NCAA rules to mentor rather than coach and teach.

"I'm definitely unleashed, and it's a great thing," he said after running a spirited 2½-hour practice last...

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