Lance Lavetter, who worked the past 12 seasons as Washington's director of basketball operations under coach Lorenzo Romar, has left UW to take an assistant coaching job on the staff of coach Cameron Dollar at Seattle University.
Lavetter and Dollar worked together at UW, where Dollar was an assistant from 2002-09.
Seattle University head men’s basketball coach Cameron Dollar has announced that Lance LaVetter, a member of nine college basketball teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament during his vast coaching career, will join the Redhawk men’s basketball program as an assistant coach, effective August 15, 2014.
LaVetter spent 12 seasons as the director of basketball operations under Lorenzo Romar at the University of Washington, where he was responsible for team travel, game operations, community outreach projects, youth programs, and alumni relations. He also directed the Lorenzo Romar Basketball Camps and has extensive experience as a summer camp director and instructor, coaching at the University of San Diego, Eastern Arizona, and University of Arizona camps in the past.
LaVetter, along with Romar and Dollar, came to Washington from Saint Louis University, where he spent three years on the coaching staff. He served as an assistant coach for the University of Portland’s women’s basketball team from 1997 to 1999, helping the Pilots reach the 1999 WNIT, and for the New Mexico State men’s basketball program from 1995 to 1997, helping lead the Aggies to the Big West Conference championship in 1996.
“I am thrilled for Lance to join our staff. He brings a wealth of winning coaching experience that will help us continue to elevate our program,” said Dollar. “Also, his familiarity with my coaching style and philosophy will make this a smooth transition.”
LaVetter fills the position previously held by Donald Dollar, who decided to pursue other interests after spending five seasons with his son on the Redhawk coaching staff.
A 1992 graduate of Northern Arizona University, LaVetter received his bachelor's degree in education, specializing in social sciences. He was a one-year letterman in basketball for the Lumberjacks.
LaVetter was a multi-sport athlete at Rincon High School in Tucson, Ariz. and graduated in 1986 after earning all-state honors in baseball and all-metro honors in basketball. He also was an honorable mention all-state selection in basketball and a letterman in football. He continued his basketball career at Pima Community College where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in education.
Lance and his wife, Michelle, have a daughter, Delaney Morgan.