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Jackson State, Dixon to part ways

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/23/2018
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jackson State University has announced that it will not renew the contract of women's basketball coach Surina Dixon.

The announcement, first reported by the Clarion-Ledger, was made Thursday. 

Under Dixon, Jackson State compiled an 82-93 record (55-53 SWAC; 1-3 SWAC Tournament) during her six seasons at the helm of the Lady Tigers' hoops program. The last few seasons for Jackson State have seen the Lady Tigers start fast but ultimately fall short of sustaining their early season successes.

This season, Jackson State began the year 10-6, in the process posting a 3-0 record in league play. However, the Lady Tigers' play was inconsistent down the stretch, as the team finished 15-13 (10-8 SWAC) and were eliminated in the opening round of the SWAC Women's Basketball Tournament by Prairie View A&M.

In 2017, the Lady Tigers performed well in non-conference play, going 7-4 prior to the SWAC portion of their slate. But, Jackson State dropped 12 of its final 17 games -- including a stretch where Jackson State lost nine of its first 10 conference games -- to finish 12-16. The 2015 season saw Jackson State begin the season with a 9-5 start, including wins in its first three league games. However, the Lady Tigers dropped 10 of their final 15 games of that season.

According to JSU president Dr. William Bynum, the coaching search has begun and the school hopes to have a new coach in place by April 15.