MIKE HOPKINS | HEAD COACH

Mike Hopkins took over the helm of the University of Washington men’s basketball program, UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen announced on March 19, 2017. Hopkins comes to Washington from Syracuse University, where he spent 22 seasons alongside Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. In 2015 Syracuse named him head coach designate, set to take over the Orange program after Boeheim’s retirement following the 2017-18 season.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Mike and his family to Seattle,” Cohen said. “His resume and reputation within the basketball community made him stand out to us, but ultimately it was his vision for Washington, his passion for teaching and developing student-athletes and his close alignment with the core values of our institution and department that made it more than clear that he was the right fit for us.”

Hopkins, 47, had been a member of the Syracuse Orange coaching staff since 1995 and will be the 19th head coach in Washington Basketball history.

“The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class University, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support,” Hopkins said. “Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle, and I can’t wait to get started.”

During his time in New York, Syracuse advanced to postseason play in all but one year. He was a part of 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 National Championship, four Final Fours, five Elite Eights and 10 Sweet 16s, along with four NIT berths. Additionally, Syracuse never dipped below a .550 record while Hopkins was on staff.

“I can’t express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance,” Hopkins said. “The timing is right for me and my family to make this move.”

With the Orange, Hopkins spent his time in New York heavily involved in recruiting and overseeing the development of the SU guards before switching to overseeing the posts during the last four years. He played a key role in the recruitment and success of Carmelo Anthony, Rakeem Christmas, Johnny Flynn, Jason Hart, Gerry McNamara, Andy Rautins and many more who all were able to pursue professional basketball careers either in the NBA or overseas.  Additionally, six players earned consensus All-American honors while Hopkins was on staff.

The Syracuse alum not only made an impact with the Orange, but he also played a major role in the success of Team USA Basketball. Hopkins has been a court coach for nine various Team USA staffs which have gone on to win six championships.

He first started with the 21-and-under team in 2000 and 2001 helping with player evaluation for the club that went on to win gold. In 2006, he was with the Senior Men’s team before rejoining the staff in 2010 where he travelled with the team en route to their World Championship Title in Turkey.

Hopkins was named the co-coach of the USA Basketball Select Team in 2012 and helped the squad prepare for the Olympics in London, where he served as a court coach as USA won gold. Most recently he played a role in gold medal finishes at the 2014 World Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

As a student-athlete himself, Hopkins became the Orange’s starting shooting guard his junior year en route to the team winning the 1992 Big East Championship. Outside of playing 111 career games in the Carrier Dome, he was also named team captain as a senior en route to averaging 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Hopkins went on to play in the Continental Basketball Association before ending his professional career after stints in the Netherlands and Turkey. Prior to his collegiate experience. The San Mateo, California native, was a member of the 1987 California State Championship team with Mater Dei High School where he played alongside LeRon Ellis.

Hopkins earned his undergraduate degree in speech communications from Syracuse in 1993. He will be joined in Seattle by his wife Tricia, and their sons, Michael Griffith Jr. and Grant Richard, and their daughter, Ella Grace.

 

  CAMERON DOLLAR | ASSISTANT COACH

University of Washington head coach Mike Hopkins has announced that Cameron Dollar will join his staff as an assistant coach. Dollar returns to the bench at Alaska Airlines Arena after spending the last eight seasons as the head coach at Seattle University. He will join Will Conroy and Dave Rice on Hopkins' staff.

“Cameron brings a wealth of knowledge, extensive experience and valuable relationships to our program that are just unparalleled,” said Hopkins. “I’ve known him since he was a player at UCLA and I have a ton of respect for him, not only as a coach but as a person. Our values aligned right away. His passion to help develop young men on and off the court is so evident. We are so lucky to have someone of his caliber on our staff!”

“It is an honor to rejoin the Husky nation,” said Dollar. “I have known and respected Coach Hop for years. We have the same core values about life on and off the court. Furthermore, I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to help young men grow and reach their dreams.”

Dollar is familiar with the Washington program as he was a member of Lorenzo Romar’s staff from 2002-09 before taking the Seattle U head job. During his time in purple and gold, Dollar was a part of three NCAA Tournament Teams, two squads that advanced to the Sweet 16 and helped UW earn the first No. 1 seed in program history.

Additionally, Washington won its first outright Pac-10 regular season title since 1953 while Dollar was on staff and he was key in helping the Huskies land some of the highest ranked recruiting classes in UW history.  Washington’s record of 145-81 (.642) was also one of the best stretches in Seattle.

When he left the UW staff in 2008, Dollar went to take over the Redhawks program that was in its transition to Division I and was able to navigate rebuilding of a program that reached postseason play twice.

Using an up-tempo style with aggressive defense, Dollar led Seattle U to a 17-14 record in his first season (2009-10), making the Redhawks the first team to post a winning record playing a full Division I schedule in its first year as a Division I counter. The team started to gain national recognition after a 77-74 victory at Utah, and then made history later in the year with a 99-48 win at Oregon State, the worst home loss ever for the Beavers.

Seattle U made the College Basketball Invitational twice, advanced to the finals of the Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championship and had a winning record at home in all but one season as he amassed an overall mark of 70-53 when playing in Seattle.

Prior to his arrival at UW, Dollar served 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 2000 Conference USA Tournament championship that secured the league's automatic NCAA berth.

Dollar began his coaching career as an assistant on the staff of head coach Pat Douglass at UC 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 the University of Georgia in 1999, Dollar left to join the Saint Louis coaching staff on a full-time basis.

A four-year letterman at UCLA from 1994-97, Dollar achieved national recognition in 1995 as a pivotal player in UCLA's NCAA 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 during his four-year career.

Dollar is a native of Atlanta, where his father, Don, was the long-time coach at Clarkston High School. Cameron and his wife, Maureen, live in Seattle. They have three children: Jalen (born April 26, 2005), Giselle (born Feb. 12, 2007), and Jason (born Dec. 23, 2008).

 

  DAVE RICE | ASSISTANT COACH

University of Washington head coach Mike Hopkins has announced that Dave Rice will round out his coaching staff as he was named an Assistant Coach. Rice has coaching experience as both a head coach and assistant and will join Will Conroy and Cameron Dollar as assistants on Hopkins staff.

“Dave is a proven winner,” said Hopkins. “He has extensive coaching experience, not only as an assistant but as a head coach as well, and will be a huge asset to our program. Everywhere he has been has seen unprecedented success and he has also had a huge impact on the student-athletes he has worked with both on and off the court. He’s succeeded at a high level and has seen firsthand what it takes to put together a strong group that can make a run in the postseason. We’re thrilled to have him on staff and know that he will fit into the Husky family immediately.”

“I have tremendous respect for Coach Hopkins,” said Rice. “He is a terrific basketball coach and it’s evident that he makes a significant difference in the lives of his players both on and off the court. There is a great tradition at the University of Washington and I’m excited to be a part of this staff to build upon that history. Our family looks forward to joining the thriving community of UW and Seattle.”

Rice most recently spent the last season as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada where he helped guide the Wolf Pack to its second-most wins in program history with 28 victories. Nevada went on to win the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles en route to earning the team’s first trip to the NCAA Championship since the 2006-07 season. Overall, Rice has been a part of 11 staffs that have advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to joining Nevada, Rice spent four full seasons as the head coach at UNLV where he led the Runnin’ Rebels to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013, his first two seasons atop the program and recorded an overall record of 98-54. He is the third winningest coach in UNLV history behind Jerry Tarkanian and Lon Kruger.

UNLV went 26-9 in his first season as its head coach, as he became the winningest first year head coach, while his 51 wins over his first two seasons were also the most by a second-year head coach at UNLV.

UNLV won 20 games in three of his five seasons and he mentored four players that went on to be drafted by the NBA, including the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett. During his historic first season, his UNLV squad was ranked in the nation’s top 25 for 13-straight weeks and 14 overall, reaching as high as No. 11. He also guided the Runnin’ Rebels to 10 wins over top 25 teams during his tenure, including an upset over No. 1 North Carolina (11/26/11) and No. 3 Arizona (12/23/14).

Rice helped bring two top 10 recruiting classes to UNLV along with a No. 11 class during his five seasons. The new Husky assistant also oversaw the development of Mountain West Freshman of the Year Rashad Vaughn who went on to be drafted No. 17 overall in 2015.

Rice spent 18 years as an NCAA Division I assistant coach prior to earning the head job at UNLV. From 2005-11, he worked at BYU, first as an assistant before spending his final three seasons there as the associate head coach. While at BYU, the Cougars posted five consecutive 25-win seasons and earned five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. BYU reached the 2011 Sweet 16 and finished that season ranked 10th after being led by National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette.

In his one season away from the Mountain West Conference, Rice spent a year at Utah State in 2004-05 where he helped the Aggies to a 24-8 record that helped them win the Big West Conference tournament and advance to the NCAA Championships.

As a student-athlete, Rice played two seasons at UNLV (1989-91) as a reserve guard for Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian.  The Runnin’ Rebels reached the Final Four each season and captured the 1990 title going 35-5.  UNLV went 69-6 and won 45 consecutive games during his time as a player.  Rice played two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College (1987-89) before transferring to UNLV.

Following his playing days he served as a graduate assistant for one season at UNLV.  He then was an assistant coach at Claremont High School under his father Lowell and later coached at Chaffey College.  He returned to UNLV in 1994 and spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach for the Runnin’ Rebels.

Dave and his wife, Mindy have two sons, Travis and Dylan.  At UNLV he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991 and master’s degree in business administration in 1993.  Rice was a Rhodes Scholar candidate while earning his bachelor’s degree.

Rice and his wife, Mindy, established the Dave Rice Foundation in the spring of 2012. The foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of health initiatives including developmental disorders such as Autism, and other charitable causes. It has awarded over $600,000 in grants to various Autism-related organizations in Nevada.

 

  WILL CONROY | ASSISTANT COACH

Former Washington Men’s Basketball standout Will Conroy is entering his third season as an Assistant Coach.

"I am so excited to return to the University of Washington men’s basketball program,” added Conroy. “There is no other place that I would rather be to help student-athletes develop as both players and people on and off the court. I am fired up to be a part of putting Husky basketball back on the national scene especially with local players and the level of talent we have coming in.”

Conroy donned the purple and gold from 2001-05 and after initially joining the program as a walk-on, went on to finish as the all-time assists leader in program history with 515. He also still holds the senior record for assists (219) and finished third all-time in career assists per game at 4.3.

He was the first Husky to top the 200-assist mark during a season and the first to surpass 100 assists in three different seasons. Additionally, he was the 23rd player in Pac-10 history to reach the 500-assist plateau and the 18th to also score 1,000 points. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 accolades as a senior and was voted the team’s MVP along with serving as the team captain during his junior and senior seasons.

While at UW, Conroy helped the Huskies reach the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years and earn the program’s first No. 1 seed, while also making their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1998. Additionally, Conroy led the Dawgs to consecutive Pac-12 Tournament Championship games in 2004 and 2005 and took that trophy home as a senior after UW defeated No. 8 Arizona. Washington’s 29 wins that season also tied the 67-year-old school record.

Following his collegiate career, Conroy spent seven years playing for various teams in the NBA and overseas before taking a front office position for the Minnesota Timberwolves. During his pro career, Conroy was given the 2009 NBA D-League Sportsmanship Award and saw action for the Grizzlies, Clippers, Rockets and Timberwolves.

Conroy is no stranger to the Seattle basketball scene as he attended Garfield High School and led the program to four-straight league championships. The Bulldogs boasted a 100-15 record during his prep career and he picked up All-KingCo First Team honors during his senior season after averaging 14.5 points and 3.6 assists.

Conroy has two children, William Jr. (6) and Madison (2 and a half) and is engaged to Tanika Latte.

 

  JERRY HOBBIE | SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO HEAD COACH

University of Washington head coach Mike Hopkins has added Jerry Hobbie as a Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

Hobbie brings a wealth of experience as he spent seven years on the Southern Methodist staff in a variety of roles. He was an Assistant Coach, Director of Operations, Director of Recruiting and Special Assistant to the head coach while in Dallas from 2010-17. The Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and the semifinals of the NIT in 2014 along with winning the American Athletic Conference Championship in 2015.

Prior to SMU, Hobbie was at the University of Houston where he was an Assistant Coach from 2007-10 which saw the Cougars reach a high level of success in Conference USA. Houston reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades. Additionally, they led the conference in points per game and free throw percentage while he was on staff.

Hobbie also spent eight seasons at Fairfield University (1998-2006) as the Associate Head Coach for three years and an Assistant Coach for five prior, helping produce the Stags’ best results since 1978.

 

  TREVOR WADE | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS