Former star Maryland guard and special assistant Juan Dixon is no longer on the program's coaching staff, as was reported on Wednesday by multiple outlets and confirmed by CSN.
Terrapins head coach Mark Turgeon released a statement Wednesday evening on the parting of ways between the two sides.
“In my discussions with Juan, he has always expressed his desire to become a coach at the Division I or professional level,” he said.
“While there is not an opening on the staff currently, I know Juan will be a highly successful coach once given the opportunity. Juan is one of the most accomplished players in Maryland history and I appreciate his contributions as a special assistant with our basketball program the past three seasons.”
Dixon was hired in 2013 as a special assistant, a role created specifically for him to help with academic support, mentoring, and game film preparation within the program. With three assistants on staff, though, Dixon could not in an official capacity coach or recruit.
As Turgeon mentioned in his statement, Dixon aspires to be a full-fledged assistant at the Division I level, which would require the degree that he completed in his time returning to Maryland as a special assistant.
There does not, though, seem to be an opening in the near future on the Terrapins’ staff which includes Dustin Clark, a key recruiter for Maryland since being promoted to the position in 2013, Bino Ranson, who helped to reel in among other players five-star center Diamond Stone and late four-star 2016 forward Justin Jackson, and Cliff Warren, who came to Maryland as an assistant after a successful head-coaching tenure at Jacksonville State.
Dixon won a national championship with Maryland in 2002 and went on to be drafted by the Washington Wizards with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.