University of South Florida head men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory today announced the addition of Larry Dixon to the Bulls’ coaching staff. Dixon joins Tom Herrion and Scott Wagers as assistant coaches on Gregory’s staff for his second season at the helm of the USF program.
“We are excited to welcome Larry to Tampa and to our program,” Gregory said. “He brings more than 20 years of coaching experience and will be a great fit with our staff and players. Larry will help us continue to develop USF players at a high level and bring top level student-athletes to our program.”
Dixon comes to Tampa after five seasons as an assistant at Georgia Southern under head coach Mark Byington. Prior to his stint with the Eagles, Dixon had collegiate assistant coaching jobs at Winthrop (2007-12), East Carolina (2005-07), South Carolina State (2003-05) and St. Andrews College (2002-03).
This past season at Georgia Southern, Dixon helped lead the Eagles to a 21-12 record, including an 11-7 mark in the Sun Belt. In 2016-17, he helped Georgia Southern reach the postseason for the first time since 2006, playing in the College Basketball Invitational.
During Dixon’s time at Georgia Southern, the Eagles transitioned from the Southern Conference to the Sun Belt. Since joining the Sun Belt in the 2014-15 season, the Eagles have finished at .500 or better each season in the conference, including a high mark of 14-6 in their first year in the league. The Eagles finished 22-9 overall that season, their first 20-plus win season since 2003-04. The team also reached the Sun Belt Championship Game, their first trip to a conference title game since 1992.
Prior to arriving at Georgia Southern, Dixon spent the 2012-13 season as head coach at York Comprehensive High School in York, S.C.
During his five seasons (2007-12) on the coaching staff at Winthrop under head coach Randy Peele, Dixon was recognized as the top assistant coach in the Big South by Fox Sports.
Before entering the college game, Dixon served as the head coach at Garinger High School in Charlotte, N.C. for three seasons. In 2001, he led Garinger to a North Carolina High School sectional championship and earned Mecklenberg County Coach of the Year honors from the Charlotte Observer. Dixon also spent one season as an assistant at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. and one season at South Rowan High School in his hometown of Salisbury, N.C.
Dixon graduated from Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, N.C) in 1996, where he was a four-year letterman as a player. He was named the team’s most improved player following his junior season and the top defensive player after his senior season. He helped the Golden Bulls to a pair of CIAA Southern Division titles and a championship game appearance as a sophomore.
A native of Salisbury, N.C., Dixon has two children, Devin and Leah.