Dec. 13, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army wrestling head coach Joe Heskett was honored with the fourth annual Maggie Dixon Courage Award last Sunday at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Maggie Dixon Courage Award is presented annually to an individual who exhibits courage in the face of adversity and continues to exemplify Maggie's mantra of never allowing adversity to get in the way of achieving a dream.
A four-time All-America wrestler during his collegiate days at Iowa State, Heskett was forced to immediately retire from the sport he loves at the tender age of 29 when he was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.
No longer able to pursue his dream of competing in the Olympic Games, Heskett turned his attention to coaching. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Ohio State, before taking the head coaching job at West Point prior to the 2010-11 season.
Dixon displayed courage throughout her life, never backing down from a challenge. She never let adversity stand in the way of her dreams. Dixon led the Army women's basketball team to its first and only NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in March of 2006 before suddenly passing away due to an enlarged heart that April.
Past recipients of the Maggie Dixon Courage Award include Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer and former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt. Army's own Lt. Col. Kim Kawamoto shared the inaugural honor with Stringer in 2009.