April 16, 2009
SEATTLE - Cameron Dollar has accepted the position of head men's basketball coach at Seattle University after a successful stint as an assistant coach at the University of Washington.
Athletic Director Bill Hogan announced Dollar's appointment at a press conference in the SU Student Center, noting that a national search ended two miles away at the University of Washington, where Dollar has been an assistant coach for the past seven years.
"Seattle University is an outstanding academic institution that is laying a strong foundation to return its basketball program to national prominence," said Dollar, 33. "It's a great challenge--and an exciting opportunity.
"University of Washington basketball will always hold a special place in my heart. I want to thank all the players, coaches, administrators and fans who made my experience as a Husky such a great time in my life. I will really miss the daily interaction with everyone at the UW. Coach (Lorenzo) Romar has always been like a father to me. I hope to show my gratitude by how I run my program.
"Seattle University is an outstanding academic institution that is laying a strong foundation to return its basketball program to national prominence. It's a great challenge--and an exciting opportunity."
Dollar's basketball roots go back to his childhood in Atlanta, where his father Don coached Clarkston High School. He was a four-year letterman at UCLA from 1994-97 and played in the Bruin's 1995 national title game in Seattle's Kingdome.
"Cameron has a presence that commands respect," said UW head coach Lorenzo Romar. After having played and coached from coast to coast, his basketball network is extremely extensive for a young coach. His rapport with players and recruits is a valuable asset to a coaching staff... He also has the uncanny ability to believe. He's the type of guy that all you have to do is tell him he can't, and it'll probably get done."
Of local note, the Bruins defeated the University of Washington Huskies in all eight appearances while Dollar was on the team. In 1996, he single-handedly clinched one of the victories with a half-court shot at the overtime buzzer.
In 1998, at the age of 22, he became the third-youngest coach in the nation, taking the helm of Southern California College in Costa Mesa, Calif. In 1999, he went to Saint Louis University as an assistant to then-coach Romar, whom he followed to the University of Washington in 2002.
With Romar, Dollar helped recruit several classes ranked among the best in the nation while taking the team to several NCAA tournament appearances and its first sole PAC-10 championship title since 1953.
"Coach Dollar gives us everything we are looking for and more," said Hogan. "He is a proven winner. He has been on the national stage as both a coach and a player and has great contacts in the region, our core recruiting area. He has a lot of care and concern for student athletes and an appreciation of our Jesuit traditions."