Athletic director and boys basketball coach Carlton Dixon started Neighborhood Bulldogs program at North Dallas HS. (Photo by Rose Baca of Dallas Morning News.)
Dixon resigns at ND to take
college athletics position
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!”
From left: Chris Barnhill, interim athletic director; Brad Namdar, boys soccer coach; Greg Kimber, Booster Club president; Ernest Cerda, ND staff and coach; and Gil Sandoval, Booster Club vice president, attended the alumni association's Bulldog Breakfast on July 26.
ND's new soccer coach: Brad Namdar
North Dallas has a new soccer coach in Brad Namdar, who was formerly director of operations with the SMU soccer team.
Namdar, 25, brings a wealth of soccer experience to the program, which includes working as a coaching apprentice to former FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman.
“I have had the pleasure of playing soccer my entire life, and I started coaching when I was 17 years old,” Namdar said in an email. “I have been fortunate enough to be part of many nationally recognized soccer programs.”
This summer, Namdar has already been working with some of the team members on renovating the locker room, planting grass seeds on the field and creating an off-season strength and conditioning program.
Players have been coming in three to four times a week to work on their strength and conditioning followed by open gym, Namdar said.
“I have met the team and am very excited about the boys,” Namdar said.
Namdar said he is familiar with the ND soccer program. The Bulldogs were 18-4 last season, losing to Longview Pine Tree in the fourth round of the playoffs. The Bulldogs have advanced to the playoffs for the past eight years.
North Dallas is losing six seniors from last year’s team.
“That being said, the team has 13 returning varsity players that have game experience,” Namdar said. “At the same time, I can also say that we have five players who I have personally made sure are being recruited to play at the college level. So, at this time, we have at least five players who, in my opinion, can compete at the college level.”
Namdar, a Plano West High graduate, has high hopes for the Bulldogs.
“If everything goes according to plan; my boys meet my expectations in the classroom, we have the quality training sessions that we need on the field and in the weight room; I expect to elevate our program to be ranked in the top three in the state.”
For the complete interview with Coach Namdar, visit http://www.ihigh.com/ndhsboosterclub/article_205109.html
Members of the soccer team help paint the locker rooms.
Valedictorian Jose Ramirez (above) addresses his North Dallas High classmates at graduation on Monday, June 2. Photos by Ernest Cerda
See the graduation video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4MEUbTNqbM
A successful year at ND
Athletic Director Carlton Dixon answers a few questions about the 2013-14 school year at North Dallas High.
Q. As athletic director, are you pleased with the results of the ND program?
I was pleased with the overall growth. From our girls basketball team winning its first district game in four years, to our increased numbers in volleyball (had a freshman team for the first time in school history). We won numerous district championships, and had 14 All-District first team performers across all of our team sports.
Q. What was the highlight of the school year?
The highlight would have to be the overall success of the Neighborhood Bulldogs program. In its first year, three of our feeder elementary schools were serviced with NDHS student-athlete mentors, tutors and role models. It was a treat to see smiles on kids’ faces, and wonderful relationships develop throughout the year.
Q. What are the top 5 memorable moments from this school year?
- Girls basketball winning its first district game in four years
- Jason Medellin hitting a game-winning home run to clinch the baseball bi-district championship
- Boys soccer team advancing to the fourth round of the state playoffs despite not having a full-time coach for the second half of the season
- Girls track increasing the program’s numbers to 19 participants this year
- 2nd Annual Night Of The D.A.W.G.
Q. What are your expectations for the program next year?
EXCELLENCE. For no program to dip below the level it achieved this past year. I would also like to send a team or an individual to the state championship in their respective sport.
Q. Do you anticipate any coaching changes for next year? If so, which sports?
Yes, we are finalizing the selections of a new boys soccer coach, new wrestling coach and a new girls basketball coach.
Q. Looking ahead, how will ND fare in the new District 11-5A against the likes of Hillcrest, BA, Woodrow and the Carrollton schools?
It is going to be an awesome district! The balance of power is spread more evenly now, and there will be an opportunity to make the playoffs/regionals in numerous sports! The planning meetings with the Carrollton schools have been great, and I look forward to working with them and competing against them for years to come.
Q. Any final comments?
We are getting better EVERY DAY... and every day, we are GETTING BETTER!