Sam Dixon has been hired as Nebraska Wesleyan women's basketball coach, the school announced Tuesday.

Dixon has 30 years experience at the college level, and he spent the past four seasons as the top assistant at Northwestern University. He also was an assistant for two seasons at Akron, and was the head coach at Furman from 2001-08.

Dixon also made assistant coaching stops at Clemson and Arizona, helping both programs reach the NCAA Tournament.

"The breadth and depth of his coaching experiences are outstanding," Wesleyan athletic director Ira Zeff said in a statement. "He will be a great addition to our coaching staff and continue to lead the NWU women’s basketball program in the right direction."

Dixon replaces Britni Mueller, who resigned for family reasons following the season.

Dixon will take over an NWU program that is coming off its best season in 16 years.  The Prairie Wolves finished 13-13, and qualified for the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Prairie Wolves are expected to return all five starters from that squad.

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