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Juan Dixon to be introduced as Coppin State men's basketball coach Wednesday

Coppin State will hold a news conference Wednesday to introduce former Maryland star and Baltimore native Juan Dixon as its new men’s basketball coach, the school announced Tuesday.

Dixon, 38, was hired to replace Michael Grant, who was fired in March after three straight losing seasons. Grant earned $144,000 in 2015, according to the state’s public salary database.

The news conference will be held at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the Talon Center. The public is invited.

This will be the first Division I head coaching job for Dixon, who spent last season coaching the University of the District of Columbia women’s team, which plays at the Division II level.

Dixon had spent the previous three years as a special assistant to Maryland men’s coach Mark Turgeon before leaving his alma mater in the summer of 2016 after his contract was not renewed.

It marks a homecoming for Dixon, who grew up in Baltimore and made a name for himself at Calvert Hall before going to College Park, where he became Maryland's all-time leading scorer and led the Terps to their first Final Four in 2001 and their only national championship a year later. 

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