Chris Dixon has ended one indoor football career and appears set to begin another – back in Billings.
Dixon, a former Billings Outlaws quarterback who threw for more than 25,000 yards and 600 touchdowns during eight years in the Indoor Football League, retired as a player Thursday and announced that he is returning to Billings. If all the contract pieces fall into place, Dixon, 32, will soon be introduced as the head coach of the Billings Wolves, who will bring IFL play to the Magic City in February after a four-year hiatus.
Wolves General Manager Marc Burr was hesitant Friday to say Dixon’s hiring is certain, but he acknowledged that they have been having serious conversations about the job.
“Anybody who knows me knows that it would be a logical move to contact him,” Burr said.
Dixon certainly knows the league. He won a combined six IFL championships with the Outlaws and Sioux Falls Storm, and was chosen Most Valuable Player three times.
In revealing his retirement and saying he is returning to Billings, Dixon cited his family.
“I have had a great career and have had the chance to meet so many great people and to play with some amazing teammates,” he said in a statement. “I have been extremely blessed to play in great sports cities, but today it’s more about my children’s dreams than my own.”
Dixon spent six years in Billings and led the Outlaws to three titles, the last two in the IFL. He signed with Sioux Falls after the Outlaws folded in 2010, led the Storm to championships in 2011 and 2012 while compiling a 33-1 record, then orchestrated a third title this summer before signing with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.
“By far, the best player in indoor football history,” Sioux Falls coach Kurtiss Riggs once said of Dixon. “There are very few people who can say they delivered on expectations that were as high as what he faced when we brought him in.”
In November 2012, Dixon signed with the Orlando Predators of the AFL before returning to Sioux Falls. He is a native of Oakland, Calif., and starred at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.
The Wolves have been searching for a new coach since James Walton resigned in May to pursue other opportunities.