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Juan Dixon to coach Division II women's team

Juan Dixon speaks with an official in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Morgan State in College Park, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
Juan Dixon speaks with an official in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Morgan State in College Park, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Former Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon has wanted to coach his own team since his playing career ended in 2011.

Starting Friday, he will get that chance.

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According to two sources with knowledge of the situation, Dixon will be officially named as the women's basketball coach at the University of the District of Columbia.

Dixon, a Calvert Hall graduate who led the Terps to the national championship in 2002 and was a first-round draft choice of the Washington Wizards, spent the last three seasons at his alma mater as a special assistant to current Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.

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Dixon's contract was not renewed after last season, and the position has not been filled.

Because of NCAA rules that limit the involvement of a coach in that position. Dixon was often left playing more of a mentoring role than in teaching the game or recruiting. Former Maryland star Dez Wells and current star Melo Trimble have credited Dixon with their development.

A source said that Dixon will meet with his new team today.

Dixon, who turned 38 on Sunday, played eight seasons in the NBA, starting and finishing his NBA career with the Wizards. He also played in Europe.

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He still holds Maryland's men's scoring record with 2,269 points.

The UDC women's team, which plays on the Division II level, finished 21-9 last season. Dixon replaces DeWayne Burroughs, who left after one season as head coach and five years on the UDC staff to become the head coach at Coppin State, his alma mater.

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