WASHINGTON — It was described as a mutual decision, but Juan Dixon has run his course as part of Mark Turgeon’s Maryland Terrapins basketball staff.
Earlier this week, the two sides parted ways, as Dixon looks for additional responsibility as part of another Division 1 or professional basketball program.
“I am looking forward to growing in the business, and to live out my purpose and my passion,” Dixon told the Baltimore Sun. “I am here to help young men develop on and off the court and prepare them for this thing called life.”
Dixon was officially an at-will special assistant to Turgeon and made just over $60,000 per year, according to school reports. His role did not allow him to work directly with players during or outside of practice, and he could not take an active role on the bench during games.
His work was limited to mentoring players on their academics and personal lives, as well as filing advanced scouting reports for Turgeon’s staff. The latter role had reportedly decreased in 2015, leading to Dixon’s frustration and departure from the staff.
“I really appreciate the opportunity that Coach Turgeon gave me to get into the business,” Dixon said. “The situation was to the point where I really couldn’t grow anymore as a coach [at Maryland].
“I have a lot of wisdom and knowledge to give to the players to help their growth on and off the court, and there just wasn’t an opportunity at Maryland to perform that role at a high level.”
Dixon is one of the most beloved players in program history, leading the 2002 Terps to a National Championship and scoring 2,269 points for the school’s all-time lead. He was drafted 17th overall by the Washington Wizards and played seven seasons in the NBA.
Returning to College Park also allowed Dixon to complete his undergraduate degree.
“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,” Turgeon said in the statement.
Now he will look to continue his coaching career elsewhere.