The Legacy of Maggie Dixon
A Leader on the Court and in Life
by Jack Grubbs
Pub Date 16 Oct 2018
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Maggie Dixon, a 28-year-old women’s basketball coach at the United
States Military Academy, led the West Point team to its first
appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Four weeks later, Maggie
died suddenly, leaving behind a devastated family and a group of
heartbroken players. Despite their tragic loss, friends, family, and
team members took comfort in knowing that the values Maggie instilled in
themselves and others would live on.
In The Legacy of Maggie Dixon: A Leader on the Court and in Life, Jack Grubbs looks at the remarkable accomplishments of this young woman. Drawing on interviews with Maggie’s brother, friends, colleagues, and student players, Grubbs provides an engaging portrait of a woman who achieved the pinnacle in her sport through hard work, determination, and enthusiasm, attributes that continue to inspire those who knew her.
In addition to chronicling the events surrounding her golden season at West Point, the book offers a study in the power of inspirational leadership that Maggie embodied. The Legacy of Maggie Dixon captures the wonderful impact she had on those around her in such a short amount of time.
enlisted in the United States Army at eighteen and retired thirty-nine
years later as a brigadier general. His military assignments included
two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, company command in the 82nd
Airborne Division, battalion command, and service on the West Point
faculty, eventually being selected as Professor and Department Head,
Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. While at West
Point, he worked as the “Officer Representative” for soccer and for
men’s basketball. Since retiring from military service, Grubbs has
spoken on the topics of leadership, ethics and team-building to
organizations ranging in size from less than twenty to multi-billion
dollar corporations. Grubbs has written five books, including Leadership: Taking the High Road and The Voice Heard around the World.
A Note From the Publisher
Maggie Dixon was truly an example of what all coaches
aspire to be. Her legacy remains in the relationships she made, the
lives she touched, the memories she left behind. Read this book! You
will be inspired by the life of a true original.
— Geno Auriemma, Hall of Fame head coach, University of Connecticut women’s basketball, 11-time national champion, 8-time AP College Basketball Coach of the Year
One season at West Point but endless lessons about inspirational leadership, the Maggie Dixon story is one of the saddest but most compelling in the rich annals of Army Athletics. Jack Grubbs has produced an instant classic about a humble, fun-loving, “Army Strong” coach who left indelible imprints on a generation of future Army leaders.
— Daniel W. Christman, Lieutenant General (Retired), USA; 55th Superintendent, West Point
The Legacy of Maggie Dixon: A Leader on the Court and in Life is one of the most compelling sports books you will ever read—heartwarming and heartbreaking. This is a book that needed to get written and Jack Grubbs, who has a pulse on West Point, was the absolute right guy to do it. I can't wait for the movie!
— Bill Madden, member of the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame and author of the New York Times best-seller Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball