With March Madness in full effect, TCU took some of the spotlight away from the NCAA tournament on Monday. The Frogs named Jamie Dixon as the new head basketball coach. TCU introduced their new man on Tuesday.
“I’m the luckiest guy in the world because I’m at the right place at the right time,” said Dixon. “We are here to win and we are here to win right now.”
He has his work cut out for him. The Frogs were 50-79 under former head coach Trent Johnson, including an 8-64 record in the Big 12.
“You better have high expectations or you’re not going to succeed,” said Dixon. “We can’t plan on being in 9th place next year because that’s better than 10th place. That won’t get you to where you want to be.”
Dixon, who played at TCU from 1984-1987, compiled a 328-123 record and earned 11 NCAA tournament appearances during 13 years at the helm at Pittsburgh. He now has a chance to start a new chapter at TCU.
“I want guys that want to be here. Talking to the players last night, they love being at TCU,” said Dixon. “They love the school here.”
Dixon will also have the chance to recruit the best talent not just in the metroplex, but throughout the Lone Star State. “There’s players everywhere and they’re close and TCU’s reputation is advanced,” said Dixon. “It’s gotten better and better and it’s moved up in the rankings. I don’t think anybody can sell this place better than I can.”
Written by C. James