April 7, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Former USD women's basketball player Maggie Dixon, a 1999 alum, passed away Thursday night, April 6, at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. Dixon, 28, collapsed Wednesday during an afternoon tea and was taken immediately to Keller Army Community Hospital. She was then airlifted to Westchester. This past season Dixon completed her first season at Army as head women's basketball coach where she directed the Black Knights to the Patriot League Championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament Berth.
"We are all saddened by the sudden passing of Maggie Dixon," said Ky Snyder, USD Executive Director of Athletics. "We were extremely proud of Maggie during her time here as a USD student-athlete, and we were more proud of her professional accomplishments and success. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family."
Dixon, who played four years for former USD coach Kathy Marpe between 1995-99, appeared in 103 games with 56 starts. During her sophomore season she grabbed a team-best 124 rebounds, and her 52.0% field goal percentage from her freshman campaign still ranks in the top-10 for single season Torero records. In her senior year she was team captain, and also named to the All-Tournament team for USD's Masry & Vititoe Classic.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Maggie Dixon," said Kathy Marpe. "Maggie was one of those special players that coaches love to have be a part of the team. Whether it was the smiles she brought to everyone whose lives she touched, or the example she set as a player with her hard work, tough-nosed play and never-say-die spirit. I knew she was going to be a great coach. I remember telling Doug Bruno when I was recommending her for a job with his program at DePaul that he would never regret taking a chance on her. You could not be around Maggie without catching her fun-loving spirit. She will be greatly missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to be part of her life."
Dixon, a North Hollywood, California native, went into coaching with encouragement from her brother, Jamie Dixon, current head men's coach for the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her appointment this past year at Army, Dixon spent five seasons on the DePaul women's basketball staff. Services are pending.