Seattle rewards Cameron Dollar

Seattle University has rewarded Cameron Dollar with a long-term contract after the first-year Division I coach led the Redhawks to a 17-14 record.

Dollar, 34, developed a star player in Charles Garcia and, despite not being selected for a postseason tournament, managed to finish with a winning record.

"This contract speaks to Cameron's commitment to building a successful Division I program at Seattle University," athletic director Bill Hogan said in a statement. "As one of the top young coaches in the country, he has the skills and experience to grow and strengthen the program in the coming years."

Dollar, the former UCLA player and Washington assistant, will face challenges in trying to complete the transition to Division I for a program without a conference. Garcia left school early and declared for the NBA draft. Washington transfer Clarence Trent will not be eligible to play until the 2011-2012 season.

The last time Seattle made a Division I postseason appearance was in the 1969 NCAA tournament. But Dollar already has the program thinking about playing after the regular season. He submitted bids to the NIT, CBI and CIT after last season.

"My wife and I came here with the idea of entering a long-term partnership with the university," Dollar said in a statement. "We are excited and blessed with the university’s commitment to the program and I look forward to competing for postseason play every year."