TCU’s Raegan Pebley on honoring Maggie Dixon’s legacy
The TCU women’s basketball team had an impressive win Sunday.
The Lady Frogs couldn’t have done much more in a 63-38 victory over Army at Schollmaier Arena, improving to 6-1 on the season and holding an opponent to a season low in points.
But the game carried more weight with it being the 13th Maggie Dixon Classic, a signature women’s basketball event honoring the legacy of TCU men’s coach Jamie Dixon’s sister.
This marked the first year the event was held in Fort Worth.
“We really wanted to honor her legacy,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “We talked a lot about Maggie and what she meant to women’s basketball, what she meant to that team, what she meant to me personally. Our team really understood what that meant.”
So did Army.
That’s the school Maggie Dixon coached to the NCAA Tournament just weeks before suddenly passing away of heart arrhythmia at age 28 in April 2006.
An assistant coach on Maggie’s staff, Dave Magarity, became the head coach and remains in that position today. Maggie convinced Magarity, a longtime men’s basketball coach, to join her staff.
“It was probably one of the best decisions professionally I ever made because it got me back to doing what I love,” Magarity said. “The biggest goal is to keep her memory alive. It’s something we do a pretty good job at West Point between our Hall of Fame and everything we have there to honor her.
“The impact she had, and still has, on people.”
Maggie had a major impact on Pebley. Not only was she friends with Maggie, but it prompted her to visit medical professionals about pain she’d been experience in her chest.
At the time, Pebley believed it had to do with being a young coach and dealing with stress or pulling a muscle or possibly being a new mom at the time and holding her babies a certain way.
After seeing multiple doctors, though, Pebley was diagnosed with a heart condition known as SVT (supraventricular tachycardia).
“I needed to have a procedure done,” Pebley said. “It would’ve been something that could have killed me. That’s part of the legacy she has.”
Along with the game, TCU and UNT Health Science Center School of Medicine partnered with the Maggie Dixon Foundation to host a Heart Health Fair that educated fans on blood pressure checks, automated external defibrillator (AED) training and other heart-healthy topics.
“If we save one life because of what happened today, then it’s her life continuing to impact people,” Pebley said.