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Pitt's Dixon selected to speak on panel discussion at Pentagon

| Monday, May 5, 2014, 1:12 p.m.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon urges on the Panthers against Wake Forest during the second round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.

Pitt's Jamie Dixon was one of seven college basketball coaches selected to lead a panel discussion on leadership Wednesday at the Pentagon before about 400 military service members.

Dixon will join Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Connecticut coaches Geno Auriemma and Kevin Ollie, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and Villanova's Jay Wright as part of the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops “Commitment to Service” program.

It is sponsored by a partnership between the NBA, USA Basketball and the Department of Defense. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and principal military advisor to the president and secretary of defense, will have lunch with the coaches prior to the panel discussion.

Dixon, a four-time national coach of the year selection, has led the Panthers to a 288-96 record in 11 seasons and 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He has served on the NCAA ethics coalition for the past six years and on the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors since 2011.

“These preeminent coaches lead their own world-class teams in USA Basketball and the NCAA,” Dempsey said in a statement. “We'll discuss the importance of dynamic leadership to building winning teams and also expose these coaches to what our world-class military team brings to the nation.”

The panel discussion will focus on challenges facing championship-level teams and the military, with topics including motivational and inspirational techniques, mentoring young adults and recruiting and retaining top talent.

The panel discussion will be moderated by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas and televised live on The Pentagon Channel and webcast at www.pentagonchannel.mil/livestream.aspx at 1:30 p.m.

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at kgorman@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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