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The Legacy of Maggie Dixon:
A Leader on the Court and in Life
The Legacy of Maggie Dixon
Maggie Dixon was truly an example of what all coaches aspire to be. Her legacy remains the relationships she made, the lives she touched, the memories she left behind. Read this book! You will be inspired by the life of a true original. – Geno Auriemma
One season at West Point but endless lessons about inspirational leadership, the Maggie Dixon story is one of the saddest but most compelling in the rich annals of Army Athletics. Jack Grubbs has produced an instant classic about a humble, fun-loving, “Army Strong” coach who left indelible imprints on a generation of future Army leaders.
The Legacy of Maggie Dixon: A Leader on the Court and in Life is one of the most compelling sports books you will ever read—heartwarming and heartbreaking. This is a book that needed to get written and Jack Grubbs, who has a pulse on West Point, was the absolute right guy to do it. I can't wait for the movie!
Hall of Fame head coach, University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball,
11-time national champion,
8-time AP College Basketball Coach of the Year
Daniel W. Christman
Lieutenant General (Retired), USA; 55th Superintendent, West Point
Member of the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame and author of the New York Times best seller Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jack Grubbs traveled around the world as a US Air Force brat. Eventually he enlisted in the United States Army at 18 and retired 39 years later as a brigadier general. His military assignments included two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, company command in the 82nd Airborne Division, battalion command, and service on the West Point faculty, eventually being selected as Professor and Department Head, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. While at West Point, he worked as the “Officer Representative” for soccer and for men’s basketball. Since retiring from military service, Grubbs has spoken on the topics of leadership, ethics and team-building to organizations ranging in size from less than twenty to multi-billion dollar corporations. Grubbs has written five books, including Maggie Dixon: A Leader on the Court and in Life, Leadership: Taking the High Road, and The Voice Heard around the World.
Here I am enjoying a fine, relaxed meal, as a West Point plebe (between football player Tom Kerns and Roy Buckner at end of table). Those were the days (1960).
In Jack's own words: "The Army taught me it’s not ‘work OR play’, it’s ‘work AND play’. Since breaking the code, I’ve had a wonderful life….full career in the Army (enlisted in 1959, commissioned from West Point in 1964, Vietnam, numerous troop assignments, retired in 1998)…great education….spent eight years in New Orleans with the Tulane University School of Engineering. On the weather front the score was Hurricane Katrina “1” – Grubbs “0”. My wife, Judy, and I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. Together, we founded Simon-Meyer, Charlotte, LLC, a construction consulting firm. I’ve coached kids basketball and soccer, jumped out of airplanes, skied, played hoops for over 60 years, and traveled over a large part of our planet. I work hard and I play hard. Above all else, I love Judy deeply. We have three wonderful daughters, seven granddaughters, and – surprisingly – one grandson appropriately named ‘Jack’. I’m not hanging anything up and plan to do what I please for however long I can march to my personal drummer. I still consult on leadership, write for the enjoyment of it, and shoot hoops in the driveway. My vertical leap is as good as ever…three inches."