Laura Anzalone Dixon
Laura Dixon put in a winning effort as the coach of the Titusville High School girls volleyball team for 25 years, and winning seasons were the result. At the time of her retirement in 1999, she had earned a 359-152 career record and a .700 winning percentage.
Dixon was a student-athlete at North Miami High School from 1961-64 at a time when female athletic participation was supervised by the Girls’ Athletic Association. She participated in Sports Days at Florida State University and was tapped for membership by the “F” Club, whose members now are accepted as varsity letter winners by FSU.
Upon taking a physical education position at Titusville in 1970, Dixon became involved with the GAA coordinating volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field, and was a pioneer for change in women’s sports. Under her leadership, the Terrier girls volleyball team won state championships in 1981 and 1983, and were the runners-up in 1985. Dixon amassed eight district, five regional and three sectional championships. She also won four district titles and one regional title during her 16-year tenure as Titusville’s head softball coach, and served terms an assistant soccer coach and the head cheerleading coach.
Dixon was a popular teacher as well, doing everything from chairing the physical education department to advising the senior class. At the county level, she was a member of the Athletic Equalization Review Committee, and she was named Teacher of the Year by Titusville in 1990.
Dixon’s awards and honors for coaching are numerous. She was the third woman to be inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997, and was the FACA Volleyball State Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1983. Dixon is a four-time All-Space Coast and a seven-time Cape Coast Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year. In honor of her years of dedication, Titusville’s female athlete of the year award is called, appropriately, the Laura Dixon Female Athlete of the Year Award.