Maggie Dixon Award

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Maggie Dixon Award
Maggie Dixon Award.JPG
Awarded for the nation's top NCAA Division I rookie head coach
Country United States
Presented by Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)
First awarded 2007
Currently held by Billi Godsey, Iona
Official website Official site

The Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year Award is an award given annually since 2007 to the women's college basketball head coach in NCAA Division I competition who achieves great success in their first year as a Division I head coach. Given by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the award is named for former women's head coach Maggie Dixon, who coached at Army for the 2005–06 season before suddenly dying due to valve complications from an enlarged heart.[1] Dixon had been named head coach just 11 days before the start of the season but led the Black Knights to a 20–11 record and won the Patriot League tournament championship.[2] It was Army's first basketball team, men or women, to play in the NCAA Tournament. Although Army would lose in the first round to Tennessee, Dixon was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year and received much praise from the college basketball community for her coaching job in just her first season. On April 6, 2006, Dixon died at the age of 28 to what her brother, Pitt men's head coach Jamie Dixon, described as an "arrhythmic episode to her heart."[2]

Winners[edit]

     *      Awarded the Naismith College Coach of the Year the same season
Year Coach School Record Reference
2006–07 Kilburn-Steveskey, KristaKrista Kilburn-Steveskey Hofstra 26–8 [3]
2007–08 Walz, JeffJeff Walz Louisville 26–10 [4]
2008–09 Packard, KellyKelly Packard Ball State 26–9 [5]
2009–10 Weatherspoon, TeresaTeresa Weatherspoon Louisiana Tech 23–9 [6]
2010–11 Glance, StephanieStephanie Glance Illinois State 24–10 [7]
2011–12 Hoover, JenniferJennifer Hoover High Point 20–13 [8]
2012–13 Warlick, HollyHolly Warlick Tennessee 27–8 [9]
2013–14 Godsey, BilliBilli Godsey Iona 26–6 [10]

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Ball State 1 2009
High Point 1 2012
Hofstra 1 2007
Illinois State 1 2011
Iona 1 2014
Louisiana Tech 1 2010
Louisville 1 2008
Tennessee 1 2013

Gallery[edit]

Winners of the Maggie Dixon Award
2008—Jeff Walz, Head Coach Louisville Cardinals 
Jeff Walz, coach of the Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team and winner of the 2008 Maggie Dixon Award, standing on the sideline at a UConn vs Louisville game in Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2010—Teresa Weatherspoon, Louisiana Tech women's basketball head coach 
2011—Stephanie Glance, head women's basketball coach at Columbia University 
Teresa Weatherspoon, Louisiana Tech women's basketball head coach, winner of the 2010 Maggie Dixon Award, standing on the sideline at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Madison Square Garden
2012—Jennifer Hoover, Head Coach High Point University 
Stephanie Glance, head women's basketball coach at Illinois State University and winner of the 2011 Maggie Dixon Award
2013—Holly Warlick, Head Coach University of Tennessee 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spalding Maggie Dixon NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "The Maggie Dixon Story: An Inspiring Legacy". DePaul University. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Krista Kilburn-Steveskey bio". Hofstra University. 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Walz Named WBCA Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year". Louisville University. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Packard Named Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach Of The Year". Ball State University. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "LA Tech's Teresa Weatherspoon Takes Home Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year Accolade". SportsPageMagazine.com. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Reinhardt, Randy (29 March 2011). "ISU's Glance named top 1st-year basketball coach". Pantagraph.com. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jennifer Hoover named the 2012 Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year". WBCA. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Fleser, Dan (April 8, 2013). "Holly Warlick receives Maggie Dixon award for rookie coaches". Go Vols XTRA. Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. Retrieved 11 Apr 2013. 
  10. ^ Heyman, Brian (April 7, 2014). "Women's basketball: Iona's Billi Godsey named rookie coach of year". The Journal News. Gannett Company. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Maggie Dixon Award webpage. Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) official website