Wednesday, April 26, 2017
BALTIMORE, Maryland -- The day after Coppin State fired Michael Grant last month, Juan Dixon called his attorney in Baltimore.
“I’m going to get that job,” Dixon told Gary Leibowitz.
At the time, Coppin State athletic director Derek Carter knew who Dixon was but didn’t have the former Maryland star in mind.
“He wasn’t on my short list,” Carter said Wednesday.
The force of Dixon’s personality, an impressive resume as a former college star and NBA player and the coaching plan he laid out once he met with Carter a couple of weeks later led to what eventually transpired late last week.
In being introduced as the team’s next coach at a campus news conference Wednesday, it was clear that the 38-year-old Dixon was grateful for what he the “amazing opportunity” he was given to run his own Division I program for the first time.