Auburn, Ala.--Bruce Pearl filled the vacancy on his Auburn basketball staff on Saturday as he named Chad Dollar as an assistant coach.
Dollar has served as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech the past five seasons, including the previous two as associate head coach.
A native of Atlanta who grew up in a basketball family, he fills the vacancy created when Todd Golden was named associate head coach at the University of San Francisco. Golden spent the past two seasons on Pearl's staff.
“We are very fortunate that a coach of Chad Dollar’s caliber and experience was available,” said Pearl. “His resume speaks for itself. He will have tremendous impact on our player development on and off the court, and our ability to continue to recruit the best players in the southeast.
“In adding Chad to our staff, I am able to continue to surround my student-athletes with great men, great teachers, great fathers and great coaches,” Pearl added.
Last season Dollar was on the staff of Brian Gregory’s Georgia Tech team that finished 21-15 while reaching the NIT quarter-finals.
Dollar was an assistant coach for Gregg Marshall at Wichita State in 2010-11 for a team that posted a 29-8 record while winning the NIT.
“There are only a few schools in the country where I always dreamed of coaching and Auburn is one of them,” Dollar said.
“Growing up, I watched Auburn basketball and spent a lot of time at Auburn through the years with my dad being a high school coach and having a few of his former players play at Auburn,” he said.
“It is like a dream come true to coach at Auburn and coach with one of the best coaches in the country in Coach Pearl,” Dollar added. “I am very excited about this opportunity and I am looking forward to the success that lies ahead for Auburn basketball.
“My dad (Don) coached Chris Morris, who played with Chuck Person, Derrick Dennison and Terry Martin,” Dollar said. “I was always down here for basketball camps and basketball games. I learned the game by watching Auburn basketball and watching some of the coaches who coached Auburn basketball. I learned the game because I was down here at a young age during that time.”
His brother, Cameron, played at UCLA and is the head coach at the University of Seattle.
Dollar coached previously in the SEC in 2007-2008 at LSU before moving to Arkansas State in 2008-2010 where he was associate head coach.
At standout performer at Douglass High School in Atlanta where his dad was a very successful coach, Auburn’s new coach played for three teams that made postseason tournaments at the University of South Florida before transferring to Milligan, where he graduated in 1996.
Dollar began his coaching career at Gardner-Webb as a graduate assistant and volunteer assistant for two years, and spent a year as a graduate assistant at Southern Miss. He also worked two summers as an assistant coach with Athletes in Action.
Coaching stops include Western Carolina (1999-2001) and Western Kentucky (2001-2002) where he was also associate head coach. He was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern from 2002-2006 and Murray State in 2006-2007.