Seattle University reached across town to fill its basketball coaching vacancy Thursday, hiring Cameron Dollar away from Lorenzo Romar’s staff at the University of Washington.
“Coach Dollar gives us everything we are looking for and more,” SU athletic director Bill Hogan said in a university press release. “He is a proven winner. He has been on the national stage as both a coach and a player and has great contacts in … our core recruiting area. He has a lot of care and concern for student athletes and an appreciation for our Jesuit traditions.”
Dollar, 33, had been a Romar assistant at St. Louis and followed him to Washington in 2002.
“I will really miss the daily interaction with everyone at the UW,” Dollar said in a release. “Coach Romar has always been like a father to me. I hope to show my gratitude by how I run my program.”
Dollar played at UCLA and started the 1995 national championship game when the Bruins beat Arkansas, 89-78, in the Kingdome.
At age 22, he became the youngest college coach in the nation while leading Southern California College through its 1998-99 season. It had been assumed he would eventually get another head job, and over recent seasons had been a candidate at Sacramento State, Long Beach State and Portland State.
“Cameron has a presence that commands respect,” Romar said through a UW release. “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.”
Dollar takes over as the Redhawks begin their second season moving back to Division I. Last season, they went 21-8, including 13-8 against Division I opponents. But soon after, coach Joe Callero left to take a similar position at Cal Poly.
Seattle U. will play a full Division I schedule next season, including the second of six annual games against UW.