April 9, 2011
ATLANTA – Chad Dollar, a 12-year veteran as a Division I assistant coach who played high school basketball in the Atlanta area, has joined the Georgia Tech basketball staff, head coach Brian Gregory announced Saturday.
Dollar comes to Tech after spending the 2010-11 season at Wichita State, which won the NIT championship, went 29-8 overall and finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season under head coach Gregg Marshall.
“I’m excited about bringing in a coach of the quality of Chad Dollar into the Georgia Tech program,” said Gregory. “He is a tremendous recruiter, but also a great teacher of the game. The Dollar name in the city of Atlanta and in the surrounding areas is well known in basketball circles. I know he’ll do great things here.”
Before going to Wichita State, Dollar spent three seasons as an assistant coach under John Brady, two at Arkansas State (2008-10) and one at LSU (2007-08). Prior to LSU, Dollar coached the 2006-07 campaign at Murray State and spent four seasons (2002-06) as an assistant at Georgia Southern. He was also an associate head coach at Eastern Kentucky (2001-02) under Travis Ford and served two seasons (1999-2001) on the staff at Western Carolina.
“The chance to join Coach Gregory, one of the top coaches in the country, and to come back home is an unbelievable opportunity for me,” said Dollar. “I look forward to helping the Georgia Tech program get to the place where it needs to be in the ACC and the nation.”
Dollar began his coaching career at Gardner-Webb as a graduate and volunteer assistant for two years, and spent a year as a graduate assistant at Southern Mississippi. He also spent two summers as an assistant coach with Athletes in Action.
The Atlanta native had a standout prep career at Douglass High School, and was one of seven players on the team to sign with an NCAA Division I school. His brother, Cameron, is the head coach at the University of Seattle and starred as a collegiate player at UCLA. His father, Don, was a longtime high school coach in the Atlanta area, spending most of his time at Douglass High School.
He played his first three seasons at South Florida on NCAA and NIT tournament teams before transferring to Milligan for his final season. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Milligan in May, 1996.