The University of Washington announced Sunday morning that Cameron Dollar will return to the Huskies men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant.
Dollar, who spent the last eight seasons as head coach at Seattle University, worked as an assistant under former UW coach Lorenzo Romar from 2002-2009. Dollar was widely regarded as an integral part of some of Romar’s best teams, developing a reputation as a tough, defensive-minded coach and effective disciplinarian. His hire also gives the Huskies another assistant -- in addition to Will Conroy -- familiar with the Seattle recruiting landscape.
“It is an honor to rejoin the Husky nation,” Dollar said in a statement released by the school. “I have known and respected Coach Hop for years. We have the same core values about life on and off the court. Furthermore, I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to help young men grow and reach their dreams.”
He left UW in April 2009 to become head coach at Seattle U, just as the Redhawks were making the transition to Division 1. Dollar, 41, compiled a 107-138 record in eight seasons and finished only two of those with a winning record. The school fired him March 13. When Romar was fired by UW two days later, he said that if the school had retained him, he planned to hire Dollar as an assistant.
Instead, Dollar will work for new coach Mike Hopkins, and with Conroy, whom Dollar coached at UW and whom Hopkins retained from Romar’s staff. Reports last week suggested Hopkins would hire USC assistant Jason Hart, but the Los Angeles Daily News reported that Hart instead received a new, two-year contract and chose to remain at USC.
“Cameron brings a wealth of knowledge, extensive experience and valuable relationships to our program that are just unparalleled,” Hopkins said in a statement released by the school. “I’ve known him since he was a player at UCLA and I have a ton of respect for him, not only as a coach but as a person. Our values aligned right away. His passion to help develop young men on and off the court is so evident. We are so lucky to have someone of his caliber on our staff!”