Chad Dollar didn't wait to mail a resume when he found out Wichita State needed a basketball assistant coach.
"I called, I texted," he said. "I contacted Gregg (Marshall) right away. I wanted to be really aggressive. I wanted to let him know how bad I wanted to work with him."
Dollar, 37, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Arkansas State. He has known WSU coach Gregg Marshall for many years, and knows the reputation of fan support at WSU.
"Just being in the coaching profession, and being around the game of basketball all my life, I understand the excitement and the love they have for basketball," Dollar said. "Being with (Marshall), plus being at Wichita State, for me it was no- brainer."
Dollar, 37, replaces Earl Grant, who moved to Clemson after three seasons at WSU.
"I have known Coach Dollar for approximately 15 years and have watched him develop into one of the finest young coaches in the game," Marshall said in a news release. "He has a sharp basketball mind and a keen eye for talent."
Dollar, like Grant, has deep recruiting roots in the South. He is from Atlanta, where he played at Douglass High for his father, Don. Chad Dollar coached one season at LSU before following head coach John Brady to Arkansas State. Dollar also coached at Murray State, Georgia Southern, Eastern Kentucky and Western Carolina.
He played three seasons at South Florida before finishing at Milligan (Tenn.) College.
His brother is Cameron Dollar, who played for UCLA's 1995 NCAA championship team. Cameron Dollar just finished his first season as coach at Seattle University.
Chad Dollar started working for WSU over the weekend and is expected to arrive on campus today. His last trip to Koch Arena was memorable, for all the wrong reasons. He coached on the LSU staff in 2007-08, when the Tigers visited WSU and lost 67-47.
"It was something that always stuck with me," he said. "To see the fans and the fan support — I've been in other arenas around the country and that was unbelievable."
Dollar said he prides himself on being a strong recruiter. He will fit into Grant's role as a coach with strong ties in the South.
"Recruiting and coaching is about relationships, whether you're in the south area or whether you're in the Midwest," Dollar said. "In today's college basketball, there's a lot of great coaches out there. At the same time, you need good players, too. I try to put a lot of emphasis on recruiting."
Marshall attracted Dollar's attention many years ago, when Marshall recruited the Atlanta area as an assistant at the College of Charleston and Marshall. Dollar, who grew up around his father's program, kept track of Marshall and tried to join Marshall's staff at Winthrop.
"Things didn't work out," Dollar said. "Ever since then, I've been watching him."
Dollar is married to Kyla. They have three children — Aliyah (15), Darian (13) and Chloe (3).