Larry Dixon is the third official hire for the newly-appointed Stokes, joining associate head coach Mack McCarthy and assistant coach Chris Ferguson on the Pirates' staff.
"We're very excited to have Larry join our staff," stated Stokes. "I have known him for a number of years and he has an outstanding knowledge of players within the region. He did a terrific job of developing post players and recruiting at South Carolina State and will fit in nicely with our team."
Dixon comes to East Carolina after spending the past two seasons at South Carolina State, where he helped direct the Bulldogs to a 37-22 mark and a share of the 2003-04 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season title. He served as the Bulldogs' recruiting coordinator each season and helped lure 2003-04 MEAC Rookie of the Year Brian Mason to Orangeburg, S.C. from Laurinburg. Prior to joining the coaching staff at SC State, Dixon served in the same capacity at St. Andrews College for one year.
A native of Salisbury, N.C., Dixon has spent the majority of his coaching career in North Carolina. Prior to his stint at St. Andrews, Dixon served as the head coach at Garinger High School in Charlotte for three seasons. During his tenure, Dixon led Garinger to a sectional championship in 2001 and earned Charlotte Observer Coach of the Year honors. A 1996 graduate of Johnson C. Smith, he also spent two years as assistant coach at Carver High School in Winston-Salem and South Rowan High School in Salisbury.
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be at East Carolina," said Dixon. "I attended a game here a few years ago and fell in love with the atmosphere created by the Minges Maniacs and all the fans. I believe ECU is a sleeping giant and I believe we can right the ship."
Dixon was a standout at at North Rowan High school and earned a scholarship to Johnson C. Smith. During his playing days at Johnson C. Smith, Dixon was a four-year letterman and was named the team's Most Improved Player following his junior season. He was also named Johnson C. Smith's top defensive player at the end of his senior season. He helped the the Golden Bulls to a pair of CIAA Southern Division titles and a championship game appearance as a sophomore.
Dixon is married to the former Cynthia Lockhart and they are the parents of two children, Devin and Leah.