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2012-13 was a good year for North Dallas
August 18, 2013North Dallas High School Booster Club
After his first year as assistant athletic director and head basketball coach, Carlton Dixon has high hopes for North Dallas.
He said his priorities include securing a girls basketball coach and increasing the numbers in track and field.
“It is my goal to — within three years — be the best overall athletic program in the Dallas ISD,” Dixon said.
Dixon, who led the boys basketball team to its most wins since the 2007-2008 season, took the time to answer a few questions:
Q: ND won several district titles in various sports. Your thoughts on the overall school year?
A: I think North Dallas HS had one of its overall better athletic years in recent memory. District champs in tennis, golf, baseball, girls and boys soccer, with multiple regional qualifiers in swimming, cross country and wrestling. One game from playoffs in football; marked improvement and participation numbers in boys basketball. I would say a great year, but more improvement is on the way.
Q: Your thoughts on this year’s recent athletic banquet?
A: Our athletic awards this year was presented more in the form of a celebration. I think the kids felt special and appreciated. The Night Of The DAWG emphasized leadership and Bulldog pride, and it was a special evening.
Q: What were several high points of the school year?
A: We had several high points — undefeated baseball district champs, girls soccer district champs, fifth place finish in football, but the highlight was definitely the boys’ soccer historic playoff run. It was great to be a part of that, to learn about that team, and watch them get closer and stronger throughout their journey.
Q: Which teams will advance to the playoffs next school year?
A: Playoff contenders for next year — football, volleyball, boys basketball and softball. Definite returning playoff teams — girls soccer, boys soccer and baseball. We also expect our individual sports to have several district champs and regional qualifiers next year.
Q: Who are the Division I players to watch for next year?
A: D-1 talent for next year — Jason Medellin, Wilbert Wiggins and Jonathan Jones
Q: Which coaches are not coming back? When do you replace those coaches?
A: I cannot comment on departing coaches yet, as our administration is sorting things out with those individuals.
Q: How do you evaluate the success of an athletic program like ND?
A: To evaluate our success, you must look across the board. There are not too many programs that have as many playoff teams and individual district champs/regional qualifiers as the North Dallas High School athletic program. We will definitely be a force to be reckoned with.