Marian Central Catholic High School has announced that assistant boys soccer coach Arthur Dixon will take over for outgoing head coach Jim Colvin this fall.
Dixon has spent the last two years at Marian assistant coaching on varsity in addition to coaching at the JV and freshman levels.
“We appreciate coach Colvin’s dedication to the student athletes and the game of soccer,” said Marian athletic director Curtis Price. “Coach Colvin has been committed to help the students grow and coach Dixon will build upon that.”
“[Coach Dixon] understands the Marian mission and will bring that understanding and excitement to enhance the program,” added Price.
Prior to coaching at Marian, Dixon spent time on the youth club and recreational scene. Through those opportunities, he became familiar with Marian through Hurricanes who also played club soccer. When the opening came up for the assistant position, Dixon said it felt like a natural progression.
“I’m ecstatic and thankful for the opportunity that Marian Central Catholic and Curtis Price have provided, and that I can give back to the school,” said Dixon.
Dixon originally honed his skills as a player at Rolling Meadows High School. The most important lesson he learned as a player: to always give back.
“When you’re taught something in soccer, it’s borrowed, you give it back,” said Dixon, who looks forward to continuing to share the same lesson with Marian’s players, now as head coach. “Coach Colvin brought me in and showed me the ropes. We want to keep the program moving forward and make it better and better every season.”
“The players in this system are awesome.”
Marian opens the 2017 season against Aurora Central Catholic Aug. 21 at home. The Hurricanes will embark on their fourth season in the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) in 2017 with a goal of improving on their sixth-place finish in 2016.
The team’s highest standing in the ESCC was third in 2013. That same year, Colvin’s first as head coach, the team went 12-7 en route to an IHSA Class 2A Regional title. Marian repeated as regional champions the following season.