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Jamie Dixon will serve on panel discussion Wednesday at the Pentagon

Pitt head basketball coach Jamie Dixon
Pitt Sports Info Dept.

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon has been tutoring the Panther basketball team for the last 15 years, including as head coach since 2002. On Wednesday, he will be tutoring a team of players that conduct business at the Pentagon instead of the basketball court.

The University of Pittsburgh announced that Dixon, along with six other highly-regarded college basketball coaches, will participate in a panel discussion on leadership in front of approximately 400 servicemen who work at the Pentagon.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will serve as the moderator of the panel discussion. The program is part of the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops "Commitment to Service" program which is a partnership of the NBA, USA Basketball, and the U.S. Dept. of Defense.

The discussion will include topics on motivating teams to achieve a common goal, tutoring young adults, recruiting and retaining talent, and how to integrate a diverse group of people.

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

Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff will discuss leadership and other issues with the group of coaches prior to the panel discussion. Dempsey advises the President and the Secretary of Defense.

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

Dixon has served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors and also on the NCAA Ethics Coalition for the last six years. He has been named the National Coach of the Year four times.

The Panthers have made the NCAA Tournament twelve of the last 13 seasons, one of only seven NCAA Division I programs to achieve that honor. Dixon's record is 288-96 for a .750 winning percentage.

Fans can watch the discussion on The Pentagon Channel and webcast at on Wednesday starting at 1:30 p.m. eastern time.

for more info: Pitt web site

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