New Haven Parks & Recreation
William L. Dixon
A 1979 graduate of Southern Conn. State College, (presently called Southern CT. State University) with a B.S degree in Recreation & Leisure Education.
He went on to work for the Dixwell Neighborhood Corp, developing youth programs in the Dixwell / Newhallville communities.
While working for the DNC, he was hired as a part time women’s basketball coach at Quinnipiac College now University in the season of 1978-79. After six seasons as the assistant coach, he was appointed the head coach in 1984-1985 seasons. He was the school’s second African American head coach at the university and developed one of the schools most dominated women’s basketball programs in the Northeast on the Division II level. He led Quinnipiac into National prominence in the NCAA reaching the NCAA quarter-finals three years in a row only to be knocked out by the eventual Division II National Champions each time. While coaching he was able to created opportunities for inner city young athletes to matriculate at Quinnipiac. In 1995 after 11 years as head coach and a total of 16 years at the QU, he retired from coaching.
During his stint as a college coach, he became a firefighter for the City of New Haven in 1983 and retired after twenty years. He received numerous meritorious achievement awards and in 1986 Truck Co. 1 Unit Citation was awarded to him along with the Firefighter of the Year Award from the New Haven Firebirds Society.
In early 1994, Mr. Dixon was placed on special assignment from the New Haven Fire Dept. to the Chief Administrators Office, to head up the City of New Haven efforts in coordinating the 1995 Special Olympics World Games to New Haven. Was responsible for all aspects of the city of New Haven’s departments in the smooth transition of the Special Olympics committee’s needs to make sure the games were a success.
Work for five years on special assignment to the Mayor, creating city wide youth programs that are still with us today due to the Special Olympics.
In 2001 retired from the New Haven Fire Dept. and was appointed in 2001 to the position of Deputy Director for the New Haven Parks Dept. Responsible for all of the City of New Haven’s recreational programs, throughout the city.