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Sam Dixon joined the Wildcat staff on May 21, 2012 after spending the previous two seasons at Akron. Dixon brings a wealth of experience to Evanston, having been a head coach and assistant coach at the college level as well as an assistant with USA Basketball.

"It is an honor to join the women's basketball program at Northwestern," Dixon said. "The chance to work with one of the most respected and outstanding coaches in the game in Coach McKeown, coupled the opportunity to be a part of one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country was something I wanted to be a part of. I can't wait to get started."

Dixon has been a part of two noteworthy seasons in Evanston where the Wildcats achieved a program first in 2012-13 with Maggie Lyon becoming the first Wildcat to win Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, and he also helped guide the Wildcats back to the postseason during the 2013-14 campaign. Northwestern qualified for the WNIT and advanced to the third round, accumulating 17 wins along the way. Additionally, Dixon helped in the development of four All-Big Ten honorees during the 2013-14 season, including forward Nia CoffeyClick here to hear it, who was the first freshman in program history to achieve First Team All-Big Ten honors.

While at Akron, Dixon served as the team's academic, conditioning and defensive coordinator as well as overseeing junior college and international recruiting efforts. Dixon also acted as the position coach for the team's power forwards and centers and assisted with the program's overall recruiting, scouting and game preparation duties.

Prior to Akron, Dixon served as head coach at Furman for eight seasons. His coaching tenure marked the second longest in the history of the school's women's basketball program.

In his first three years at Furman, Dixon led the Paladins to a 52-34 record overall, including a 38-20 mark in SoCon play. During that span, he coached a SoCon Player of the Year, guard DeShara Shealey (2003), six first team All-SoCon performers, including two-time honoree guard Lee Stephens, who recently finished her career as the school's eighth all-time leading scorer (1,267 points), and 2009 NCAA 3-Point Shooting Champion, Melissa Liebschwager.

During his time at Furman, Dixon also served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball U20 and U21 World Championship teams. In the summer of 2006, he helped the U20 team to a victory over previously undefeated Brazil to capture the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. The following year, he helped guide the U21 squad to a gold medal in Moscow with a victory over Australia.

Before landing at Furman, Dixon served as an assistant coach at Clemson (2000-02) and Arizona (1999). In fact, in his four years as a women's assistant coach, all four teams earned berths in the NCAA Tournament, including the 1998-99 Arizona Wildcats, who posted an 18-11 record with a 12-6 mark in the PAC-10.

In addition to coaching men's teams at NIU and KSU, Dixon also worked with men's programs at New Mexico (1996-97), Davidson (1986-87) and Northern Kentucky (1981-84). He was also the head men's basketball coach and golf coach at Denison University from 1988-91.

A 1979 physical education graduate of the College of Wooster, Dixon played four years for the Fighting Scots and in 1976 helped the team reach the NCAA South Regional finals. As a student-athlete he earned first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference accolades in 1979, and was the team's most valuable player. A 1989 inductee into the Wooster College Hall of Fame, Dixon was also named All-Great Lakes Region and earned third team All-America status.

Dixon went on to earn a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1980 and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1997.



Tasha Pointer was named Northwestern women's basketball assistant coach, June 14, 2017, head coach Joe McKeown announced.
"We are really excited to announce the hiring of Tasha as our new assistant coach," McKeown said. "As a Chicago native this will be a homecoming, and she brings great experience and success to Northwestern. Tasha has had a great impact everywhere she has coached, and her knowledge and energy make her a great addition to the Wildcat family."
Pointer returns home after two seasons on the sidelines at St. John's. As the lead assistant, she helped the Red Storm to a 45-22 record and two postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
"Northwestern presents an exciting platform to support Coach McKeown and the Wildcat family in the Big Ten," Pointer said. "His success in building this program over the years into one of national prominence, and the opportunities for our young ladies to further academic and athletic pursuits are key contributors in my decision to join the staff. My personal history and affection for the Chicagoland area makes this a homecoming of sorts after being away for nearly 20 years. I want to thank St. John's University, head coach Joe Tartamella and athletic director Anton Goff."
Prior to her time in New York, Pointer was an assistant at her alma mater, Rutgers, for eight seasons, where she was instrumental in bringing in some of the top recruiting classes in the country. The Scarlet Knights' 2007, 2011, and 2012 classes were all ranked No. 3 nationally, and Pointer helped bring the nation's top point guard recruit to Piscataway in 2013.
Pointer advanced to five NCAA tournaments as a coach at Rutgers, including trips to both the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.
The 1997 Whitney Young High School graduate was a First-Team Parade All-American and was named the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year. She was twice named a First-Team All-Illinois selection by the Chicago Tribune and was ranked the No. 10 player in the nation.
Pointer was one of the best players in Rutgers history during her career from 1998-2001. She led the Scarlet Knights to their first ever Final Four appearance in 2000 and earned a number of awards, including 1998 Big East Rookie of the Year, 2000 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention, four all-conference honors, and was a 2001 Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist. In 2003, Pointer was named to the Big East 25th Anniversary Team.
She is the all-time leader in both assists (839) and steals (292) in both men's and women's basketball at Rutgers and was the first player in Rutgers basketball history to record a triple-double, ultimately posting four of them during her senior season.
Pointer began her coaching career as an assistant at Columbia in 2004, aiding in recruiting efforts for the Lions until 2006, when she took an assistant coaching position at Xavier for a season until moving back to Rutgers.


Northwestern women's basketball head coach Joe McKeown announced Tuesday, July 19, the addition of Tiffany Coppage to his coaching staff.

"We are really excited to announce Tiffany Coppage as our new assistant coach," McKeown said.  "She brings great experience and energy to Northwestern and understands what it takes to be part of a winning program."

Coppage spent the last three seasons as the assistant coach at Northern Iowa. In the 2015-16 season, Coppage helped the Panthers to a regular season title in the Missouri Valley Conference, an appearance in the third round of the WNIT and 24 wins, the second-most in program history.

"At Northern Iowa, Tiffany was part of championship teams, and she brings strong teaching skills and recruiting ties to the Wildcats," McKeown said. "After a nationwide search, it was clear that Tiffany emerged as the best candidate to help us reach our goals both on and off the court."

Before working at Northern Iowa, Coppage was an assistant coach at Western Illinois University in 2012-13 and the recruiting coordinator for the Leathernecks the previous year. In 2010-11, Coppage was a graduate assistant coach at Wichita State.

"I am extremely excited to be joining the Wildcat family. Northwestern is an exceptional institution with great prestige and it's in one of the best conferences in the country," Coppage said. "I can't wait to get to Evanston and hit the ground running. I look forward to all that lies ahead and am beyond grateful for the opportunity that Coach McKeown has afforded me."

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Coppage spent two years at Fort Scott Community College as a student-athlete before finishing her playing career at Missouri State. Coppage started both seasons and was a two-year team captain for the Lady Bears.

She received her bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in General Business from Missouri State in 2009 and her master's degree in Sports Management from Wichita State in December 2011.



Women's basketball head coach Joe McKeown has announced Caleb Rosenow as the new director of player development. Rosenow replaces former NU women's basketball player Kate Popevec, who was hired as an assistant coach at Colgate last month.

"I am humbled and very appreciative for the opportunity to continue working for the women's basketball program here at Northwestern," Rosenow said. "My sincerest gratitude goes to Coach McKeown for believing in my capabilities to fulfill the director of player development position. I look forward to furthering our program's reputation as being one of the most elite college basketball programs in the country, both on and off the court."

As director of player development, Rosenow will be responsible for preparing Wildcat women's basketball student-athletes for personal, academic and athletic development success. He will work closely with various departments within Northwestern athletics, including academic services, community relations and NU for Life and will assist the NU coaching staff in breaking down film, along with statistical analysis. In addition, Rosenow will assist the recruiting coordinator with the on-campus process for respective student-athletes. 

Rosenow served as the assistant director of basketball operations for the past two seasons. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of team video and assisted with organizing travel and the day-to-day operations of the program. Prior to arriving in Evanston, Rosenow worked as the assistant video coordinator for the Chicago Sky.

The Red Wing, Minn., native is a 2012 graduate of Carleton College where he was a captain on the men's basketball team.



Tiana Myers will enter her second year as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations for Northwestern. Her responsibilities include planning team travel, scheduling, summer camp director, among other duties.

Myers has served on Joe McKeown's staff since the 2012-13 season. She started as a program assistant before being elevated to her current role prior to the 2015-16 season.

Myers graduated from George Washington in 2012 with a bachelor's in business administration and a minor in psychology. At GW, she was a three-time team captain, a two-time MVP, and a member of the 1,000-point club. Myer also served as the student-athlete advisory council representative for two years.

The Camp Springs, Md., native earned her master's in sports administration from Northwestern in 2014.



Northwestern head women's basketball coach Joe McKeown has announced the addition of Katie Sullivan to the team's staff as assistant director of operations.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Northwestern family," Sullivan said. "I have worked with Coach McKeown in the past and I looked forward to learning from him as well the rest of the staff. Northwestern strives for excellence on and off the court, and I look forward to becoming a part of its great tradition."

In this role, Sullivan will be responsible for all aspects of team video and assist with organizing travel and the day-to-day operations of the program.

"Katie brings a wealth of great basketball experience to Northwestern," McKeown said. "Her time with USA Basketball, will be a great asset to our program. She also brings great coaching experience at Colorado College and playing experience at Saint Mary's. I had the opportunity to work with Katie at the World University Games and she had a great attitude and work ethic!"

Prior to arriving in Evanston, Sullivan served as the National Teams coordinator for USA Basketball and was an assistant coach at Colorado College.

The South Bend, Ind., native is a 2012 graduate of St. Mary's College where she was a four-year letter winner on the women's basketball team.