MAGGIE DIXON [1977-2006], the women’s basketball coach at West Point, died unexpectedly on April 6, 2006, of a sudden irregular heartbeat. She was 28. Dixon, who received a B.A. from USD in 1999, was hired by West Point just weeks before the 2005-06 basketball season. She led the Black Knights this year to their first Patriot League championship and automatic invitation to the “big dance,” the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.
Dixon played four years under former USD coach Kathy Marpe, and was a standout player on the team throughout her college career. In her senior year she was team captain and also was named to the All-Tournament team for USD’s Masry & Vititoe Classic. Her death was reported by news media across the nation. She was laid to rest in West Point Cemetery, an honor usually reserved for high-ranking officials.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Maggie Dixon,” Marpe says. “She will be greatly missed by all of us who were fortunate to be part of her life.”