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Coach Dixon resigns as ND athletic coordinator
August 17, 2014By gary pina of North Dallas High School Booster Club
Athletic director and boys basketball coach Carlton Dixon started Neighborhood Bulldogs program at North Dallas HS. (Photo by Rose Baca of Dallas Morning News.)
Athletic director and boys basketball coach Carlton Dixon has resigned at North Dallas High to take a position working in the college athletics industry.
Chris Barnhill, the girls’ athletic director, was named interim athletic director. Barnhill is also the girls head softball coach and has been at ND for seven years.
In an email, Dixon said he was “thankful” for the opportunities to “make a difference” in ND students’ lives. His email said:
“This has been a dream job of mine to be able to be an integral part of the North Dallas High School athletics department over the last two years. And in no way was i looking for any other opportunities for work. However, an opportunity of a lifetime has been presented to me (within the business world of college athletics), and I have accepted this position that has been offered to me.
I am a firm believer in God’s blessings, and this is nothing but that. This literally fell in my lap over the summer, and was finalized this past Tuesday. I am thankful. But I am also thankful for the opportunity to work with each of you, and I am thankful for the opportunities I had to make a difference in the lives of these children, and I hope to continue to be a blessing to the North Dallas HS and Dallas ISD through this new position of mine.
I want to say a special thank you to this group for making my job as enjoyable as it indeed was! Your belief in me and constant support was a tremendous blessing, and, most importantly, to these kids.
I pray that our paths will continue to cross in the future. I will still be a huge supporter of NDHS. And please know that I am only a phone call away. Take care you guys, and I will see you soon ... at games.”
As the boys basketball coach, Dixon’s teams went 6-18 and 8-21 in his seasons, a significiant improvement over the previous seasons. He will be replaced by coach Brett Cole.
As athletic director, Dixon started the Neighborhood Bulldogs program, reaching out to the elementary feeder schools, and organized Night of the Dawg, the annual end-of-the-year awards program, among his many achievements.
“I feel like we accomplished a lot, but there is so much that still needs to be done,” Dixon said. “There is a great staff in place, and I know they will reach many goals that they set!”