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 Tyrone Dixon

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Tyrone Q. Dixon, born and raised in Aliquippa, PA, is a 25+ year veteran football coach, having coached on all levels of football.

Tyrone grew up playing football in a neighborhood community Aliquippa (Plan 11) where he first developed a love for the game. He and his family moved to Center Township and Tyrone became one of the star athletes for the Center Trojans. He graduated from Center High School in 1982 where he was a four year letterman at defensive back and received a football scholarship to Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

During his time at IUP, Tyrone was a four-year letterman at strong safety from 1982-86 and won the Dan Thompson ďMost Inspirational PlayerĒ award in his senior year. In 1986, Tyrone received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media with a minor in Theatre Arts, and in 1987, he earned his Masterís Degree in Sports Management.

With the encouragement of his collegiate head coach, Frank Cignetti, and advice from his mentor, Aliquippa native and Veteran NFL coach Richard Mann, Tyrone decided to pursue a career in coaching. Tyroneís coaching career began at his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986. In 1990, he became an assistant at the University of Akron where he coached wide receivers and was named Special Teams Coordinator under coach Gerry Faust.

After two seasons at Akron, Tyrone spent a season at Temple University where he coached kick returner Lew Lawhorn who was named All-Big East wide receiver before he transferred to Akron. In 1993, Tyrone coached at James Madison University under the leadership of Rip Scherer. He served two stints at the University of Houston, first from 1994-1996. He spent the 1997 season as Wide Receiver coach for the San Diego Chargers where he coached Pro Bowl wide receiver Tony Martin and Pro Bowl kick returner Eric Metcalf. He then returned to the University of Houston in 1998 for his second stint as Wide Receivers Coach and was promoted to Assistant Head Coach. He coached All-Conference USA wide receivers Jerrian James and Orlando Iglesias. Tyrone was instrumental in taking the Cougars to the Liberty Bowl.

After the University of Houston, Tyrone coached two seasons at the University of Cincinnati serving as Assistant Head Coach and Wide Receiver Coach. He was on the staff with Mike Tomlin, now a three-time NFL Super Bowl Coach, and helped the Bearcats to postseason bowl games in both 2000 and 2001. He coached All-Conference USA wide receiver LaDaris Vann, who became Cincinnatiís all-time career receiver.

Tyrone joined the University of Kansas staff in 2002, where after one season he was instrumental in leading the Jayhawks to their first post season bowl game since 1995. In 2003, three of Dixonís wide receivers made their way into the top 10 on KUís single-season touchdowns list. Wide receiver Charles Gordon earned Freshman All-America honors and had the third best single-season total in school history.

In 2005, Tyrone reunited with his first collegiate coach, Frank Cignetti, in his final year before retirement at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Wide Receivers Coach. Tyrone then joined Union High School for one season, before joining Geno Demarco at Geneva College in 2010-2012.

Tyroneís career has come full circle as he is currently back home in Center Township, coaching at his former high school, now named Central Valley. Dixon has been a popular figure in the NFL, working with the league's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program with seven different NFL teams including most recently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in (2008) under Jon Gruden, Pittsburgh Steelers (2000), Miami Dolphins (1999), Baltimore Ravens (1998), New York Jets (1995), Chicago Bears (1992), and Cleveland Browns (1990).

Although Tyrone has enjoyed coaching collegiate football all over the country in some of the nationís top athletic conferences (Big 12, Big East, MAC), under the leadership of some great coaches, he has for the past 10 years enjoyed giving back to his hometown community as the Founder and Executive Director of The Homeboys Football Camp, a free football camp for youth in Beaver County.

Tyrone and his wife, DíAdria, have two sons together, Tyrone Mason and Tylan. Dixon also has four daughters, Nicoya, Amera, Tyana, and Noble II.