⬆︎ Juan Dixon
In an emotional press conference, Baltimore native, former University of Maryland standout, and seven-year NBA veteran Juan Dixon was introduced as the new men's basketball coach at Coppin State. Among the noteworthy attendees: two of Dixon's former coaches, Maryland coach Gary Williams and former Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci, as well as Dixon's aunt, former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. The feel-good homecoming is the kind of story everyone can get behind, and hopefully it pays dividends for the Eagles, who have had six straight losing seasons and 12 in the last 13. Though he doesn't have much of a track record as a coach, Dixon's notoriety should, at a minimum, elevate Coppin State's profile, especially with recruits in the talent-rich local basketball community. And it will be a boost for current players too, as junior forward Blake Simpson told The Sun: "Knowing he played in the NBA should be a great environment for us. He's going to bring a better crowd and it should be exciting for us that we get the professional development we need to be successful."