Army women's backetball coach Maggie Dixon died on Thursday, April 6th following an arrhythmic episode to her heart on Wednesday. She was 28 years old. Her brother, Pittsburgh men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon, made the announcement Thursday evening.
The tradgedy in this story is that it came so suddenly, to someone who was very young and just beginning to gain success.
Maggie Dixon was hired at Army just this past October, and in her first season as a head coach, lead Army to it's first Patriot League Conference Tournament Championship as well as it's first NCAA Tournament bit. Her rapid success made Army fear that she might leave soon, because she seemed to be on the fast-track to the big time.
And then it all came to a halt.
She had had breakfast Wednesday morning with her brother, and everything was fine. When she arrived at a friends house for tea that afternoon, she said she wasn't feeling well and collapsed. She was then rushed to the hospital, and a day later she passed away. Fortunately, her family was able to be there with her.
However, it is always tragic to lose someone so young, especially without any warning. Please pray for her family and her team as they all deal with the shock of this sudden loss.