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Maggie Dixon, Army Basketball Coach, Dies at 28

Army women’s basketball coach Maggie Dixon died suddenly last night from heart arrhythmia. She was 28.

Maggie Dixon, Army Basketball Coach, Photo Coach Maggie Dixon, who at age 28 led the Army women’s basketball team to its first NCAA Tournament berth last month, died after suffering heart arrhythmia. Dixon died Thursday night at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., U.S. Military Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Kent Cassella said. A memorial service was scheduled for Friday afternoon at West Point. Dixon was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering an “arrhythmic episode to her heart” Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy, said her older brother, Pittsburgh men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon.


Army gave Dixon her first head coaching job last October. Six months later, she led the team to its first bid in the women’s field. The rookie coach’s accomplishment gained extra attention because her brother led the Panthers to the men’s tournament at the same time. The Dixons are believed to be the first brother and sister to coach in the NCAA Tournament in the same year. Army lost 102-54 to No. 6 Tennessee in the first round.


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