Cameron Dollar Joins UW Men's Basketball Staff
April 8, 2002
SEATTLE - Former UCLA standout Cameron Dollar was hired as an assistant coach on the University of Washington men's basketball staff, head coach Lorenzo Romar announced Monday.
Dollar comes to Washington after serving three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis University staff. He helped the Billikens to a three-year record of 51-44 (.537), including a Conference USA Tournament championship in 2000 that secured the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
As a player, Dollar lettered four seasons at UCLA before graduating in 1997. He now returns to Seattle, the site of the Bruins' 1995 NCAA Championship victory over Arkansas.
Dollar played against the Huskies eight times between 1994-97 and UCLA won all eight games. His most memorable moment against Washington was a half-court shot from the left sideline at the overtime buzzer that lifted the Bruins to a 91-88 victory on Mar. 7, 1996 at Pauley Pavilion. That was Dollar's only basket of the game.
Romar, who was hired at Washington on April 3, has two additional assistant coaching positions available and expects to fill them soon.
Cameron Dollar (UCLA 1997)
A four-year letterman at UCLA from 1994-97, Dollar was a member of the Bruins 1995 NCAA Championship team. He was recruited to UCLA by then-Bruins assistant Lorenzo Romar and was reunited with his coach in 2001 when Romar added Dollar to his staff at Saint Louis University.
'Cameron is a wonderful fit for our staff,' Romar said. 'He is an outstanding individual and a hard worker. 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.'
Dollar began his coaching career as an assistant as Cal-Irvine in 1997. He became the nation's youngest head coach in 1998 when, at age 22, he took the reins of the Southern California College program in Costa Mesa, Calif. The Vanguards, who returned just six players from the previous season, posted an 11-22 record in Dollar's only season, but recorded wins over NAIA Top 25 teams Westmont and Azusa Pacific.
After a three-month stay as a part-time assistant at Georgia in 1999, Dollar left to join the Billikens on a full-time basis.
Dollar achieved national recognition in 1995 as a pivotal player in UCLA's national championship season when he took over for injured starter Tyus Edney in the title game. In Dollar's final three collegiate seasons, the Bruins won the NCAA title and reached the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Dollar averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 assists per game in his four-year career.
Dollar is a native of Atlanta, where his father, Don, is the long-time coach at Clarkston High School. His wife's name is Deonca.