Dixon to speak at Pentagon

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Pitt men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon and six other prominent college basketball coaches were selected to lead a panel discussion on leadership Wednesday at the Pentagon in Washington.

The panel will address a group of about 400 service members as part of NBA Cares Hoops for Troops “Commitment To Service” program.

Dixon will be joined by Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith, Villanova’s Jay Wright and Connecticut women’s and men’s coaches Geno Auriemma and Kevin Ollie.

Before the panel discussion, the seven coaches will have lunch with Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and principal military adviser to the President, to discuss leadership and other issues.

“These preeminent coaches lead their own world-class teams in USA Basketball and the NCAA,” Dempsey said in a statement.

“We’ll discuss the importance of dynamic leadership to building winning teams and also expose these coaches to what our world-class military team brings to the nation.”

The discussion, which will be moderated by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, will be televised live on The Pentagon Channel at 1:30 p.m.

Dixon has served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors and on the NCAA ethics coalition for the past six years.


Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1720 and Twitter @paulzeise.

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