Coaching spots open up at UMES

No renewal for Trotter

Dixon will resign in June

March 25, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

After four largely unsuccessful seasons, the UMES men's and women's basketball programs are headed in different directions.

The university announced yesterday that the contract of men's coach Thomas Trotter will not be renewed when it expires June 30, and that women's coach Surina Dixon has resigned, effective on the same date.

Athletic director Nelson E. Townsend said a search for replacements will begin immediately.

Trotter's teams compiled a 36-78 record, including 28-46 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, over four years and never finished higher than fifth (his first season) in the league. The Hawks won a MEAC tournament game for the first time in 10 years earlier this month.

His son, Tee, came with him from New Mexico State where he had been an assistant to Lou Henson. Tee finished as the second-leading scorer in school history, but the coach was never able to assemble enough help for the All-MEAC performer.

"I saw it coming," Thomas Trotter said last night. "They have pretty high expectations, and we just never got quite enough talent. We had some here, but couldn't keep it. It wasn't a lack of work because I always gave them 100 percent, just one setback after another. It was a great opportunity, but a tough job. But it was great being able to coach my son."

Trotter said he will take a breather and then "try to catch on with somebody."

Dixon went 41-74 over four seasons, but only 25-47 in the MEAC. The past three seasons, the Lady Hawks were 12-17 and won in the opening round of the league tournament, but never advanced beyond the quarterfinals.

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