Live chat with Seattle U.'s Cameron Dollar
Highlights of live chat with Seattle University men's basketball coach Cameron Dollar.
Cameron Dollar begins his second season as men's basketball coach at Seattle University. He participated in a live online chat Wednesday. Here are the highlights. For the complete chat, go to seattletimes.com/sports
Q: What kind of style will you be playing without an intimidating post player?
Dollar: Our style won't change. It will continue to be extremely up-tempo. We look to score a lot of points and cause a lot of havoc on defense.
Q: I think that having all the local kids on your team this year is fantastic. There's so much talent around the city and state that if you can supplement those with some out-of-staters, the support for your program will really grow.
Dollar: There is no doubt about the talent around the city and the state. Our staff has always made it our number-one priority to keep local guys home. We are proud of the fact that 10 of our 13 players live within 30 minutes of the school.
Q: I loved the unis last year. Being the fashionista that you are, did you make any alterations?
Dollar: No alterations to the uniforms. They have been a crowd favorite, especially the gray ones. We will start selling them soon in stores.
Q: How do you sell your program to high-school recruits considering the significant hurdles you face (not eligible for the NCAA tournament, no conference affiliation, little name recognition, etc.)?
Dollar: Every program has hurdles they face in selling to recruits. We focus on what is great about being a Redhawk, namely getting a first-class education, playing in an NBA arena and making history each time you step on the floor. There is nothing better than being a part of building something that will one day be great.
Q: Coach, what's your favorite pregame meal?
Dollar: Our favorite team pregame meal by far is chicken parmigiana at Buca di Beppo. Depending on how we play, sometimes it is the highlight of my day.
Q: How long do you believe it will take SU to compete consistently with the other Northwest rivals, Gonzaga and UW?
Dollar: It takes time to develop a program from scratch. I have been pleased with our progress from year one to year two. We have brought in some talented young men that will set the foundation for years to come. In playing them (Gonzaga and UW) year in and year out, we will get a chance to see how we stack up. I will say I like my team.
Q: Last year your team played some exciting, close games at home and the Key was rocking. When you look at your 2010-11 team and the schedule, what can the fans, especially the newer fans, expect this year?
Dollar: I think we will continue to have an exciting brand of basketball. We have really good teams coming in to play. We will be shooting even more three-pointers and looking to break the 100-point mark every time out. I'm not looking forward to any more nail-biters. Blowouts are fine by me.
Q: What did working with (Washington coach Lorenzo) Romar teach you the most about coaching?
Dollar: Romar is the best I've ever been around at maintaining quality relationships. He taught me a lot about dealing with people, patience and seeing the big picture.
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