Seattle University head men's basketball coach Cameron Dollar has reached an agreement with the institution on a long-term contract.
"This contract speaks to Cameron's commitment to building a successful Division I program at Seattle University," says Bill Hogan, director of athletics. "As one of the top young coaches in the country, he has the skills and experience to grow and strengthen the program in the coming years."
In his first year as Seattle University head coach, Dollar led the men's basketball team to a 17-14 record, the first time in modern history that a program has posted a winning record playing a full Division I schedule in its first year. The team, which finished with a 10-3 home record in its first full season at KeyArena at Seattle Center, also picked up important road victories at Oregon State, Utah, and San Jose State.
"When we hired Cameron, we knew we were getting the right coach to lead the program," says Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. "We are thrilled that he has made a long-term commitment to Seattle University to return our program to national prominence."
Since taking over as Seattle University's head coach in April 2009, Dollar has put together an attractive schedule including games at KeyArena over the next two years with Washington, Oregon State, Portland, Virginia and Stanford. Dollar's presence also contributed to the university's invitation to participate in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer this November.
Seattle is a special city for Dollar. As a player, he helped the UCLA Bruins win the 1995 national championship at the Kingdome. He spent seven seasons as the assistant coach at the University of Washington and welcomed the chance to take over as head coach of the Seattle U program without having to move his family.
"My wife and I came here with the idea of entering a long-term partnership with the university," says Dollar. "We are excited and blessed with the university's commitment to the program and I look forward to competing for postseason play every year."
The Seattle University men's basketball begins the 2010-11 season against the Maryland Terrapins during the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic on Nov. 8 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md.