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UW has made it official that Dollar is returning to Montlake

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The move to fire Lorenzo Romar and hire Mike Hopkins was a head versus heart decision for many Husky fans. The assistant coaching search has taken a similar approach as UW went for money over heart. And by that I mean UW was turned down by USC assistant Jason Hart and instead went with former-UW assistant coach and Seattle U head coach Cameron Dollar. Dawgman is reporting that Dollar has agreed to join the new coaching staff at UW although nothing has been finalized yet. Coach Hop turned to Dollar after Jason Hart decided to remain at USC. Hart, a former Syracuse player under Hopkins, was widely presumed to be a primary target for the job but decided to stay in L.A after thinking it over for several days.

For those who wanted to see a shake-up at the top, this move is sure to create mixed reactions. The initial view of the assistants was that retaining Conroy would maintain a connection to the city of Seattle while Jason Hart and Tim O’Toole would be familiar with Coach Hop’s vision and still provide west coast impact. Hopkins stated that his intention was to create an all-star team with that group. Now Hart is gone and while O’Toole appeared to be a done deal, the promotion of fellow Cal assistant Wyking Jones to the head man spot may be enough to convince him to stay.

Bringing back Dollar increases the ties of the coaching staff to the Seattle area but also makes it feel as if the desire to completely change the culture may be difficult with all of the holdovers. Dollar was the primary assistant under Coach Romar from 2002-2009, what now can be viewed as the glory years of the Romar reign. He left to take over Seattle U when they rejoined Division I and had been there for 8 years before being let go just a day before his mentor. Dollar struggled to gain a solid footing for the Redhawks, making the CBI twice in his best showings. It appears Seattle U believes they should be a perennial contender in the WAC and Dollar couldn’t get them there.

While it may not represent much of a break from the previous administration, this move should further the likelihood of gaining a recruiting stranglehold over the Seattle market. Dollar has been in this market for 15 years and has connections with every high school program in the area. The question becomes whether he fulfills the same role on the staff that Conroy already has. Stay tuned for further updates on the last spot on the coaching staff and whether it ends up with O’Toole or Coach Hop has to go to a plan B again.

Three Edits:

UW officially announced the hire of Dollar on Sunday morning.

Evan Daniels is reporting that Tim O’Toole will remain at Cal. If Hopkins wants an assistant coach familiar with his ways at Syracuse he will now have to turn to an off the radar candidate.

Meanwhile Daejon Davis has reportedly asked out of his Letter of Intent from Washington. There’s still a chance he ends up at UW but this is where Conroy and Dollar will earn their pay right away.