July 7, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Silvey Dominguez, long considered one of the top teachers and recruiters in collegiate basketball, is Wyoming's newest assistant basketball coach, Head Coach Steve McClain announced Monday.
Dominguez, who brings 22 years of coaching experience to UW, replaces Joe Dooley who resigned his Cowboy position to join the University of Kansas basketball staff.
"I don't know if there is a finer, more respected basketball mind in the collegiate game than Silvey," McClain said. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program. He's a great student of the game which allows him to be an outstanding teacher. He also is a tremendous recruiter. His knowledge and understanding of our league is extremely important to us. We feel very fortunate to have him."
Dominguez, 50, comes to Wyoming after one season at the University of Utah where he was Rick Majerus' top assistant. He spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach at UTEP. Prior to that he was an assistant for five years at Southern California (1996-2001). In his final season at USC, the Trojans advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. USC made two other postseason tournament appearances with him as a member of its coaching staff, going to the NCAAs in 1997, and the NIT in 1999.
Three of the players Dominguez recruited to USC were taken in the NBA Draft. Brian Scalabrine and guard Jeff Trepagnier were chosen by New Jersey and Cleveland, respectively, in 2001. Forward Sam Clancy went to Philadelphia in 2002.
"There is no question that the basketball tradition at Wyoming is appealing," Dominguez said. "This program has produced many great coaches, and many great players. This is an opportunity for me to work with one of those great coaches in Steve McClain. Having been in the league, and coached at the Double A, I am very familar with the fan support here. Wyoming has a great basketball environment. The student support has always been impressive.
"I certainly appreciate the opportunity I had to coach at Utah. But I have chosen to pursue my career at Wyoming."
Dominguez' coaching career has been exclusively in the West. He began as an assistant at Western New Mexico in 1979. From there, he coached at Southern Colorado (1984-86) before joining Boyd "Tiny" Grant's staff at Colorado State in 1986. He was there for two seasons, and then joined Reggie Minton at Air Force. He coached with the Falcons from 1988 through 1991.
Between his stint at Air Force, and his Southern California tenure, Dominguez was an assistant coach at St. Mary's (California) for six seasons. He left USC in 2001, and joined the UTEP staff, and after one season there moved on to Utah.
A 1975 graduate of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish, Dominguez received his MBA in business administration from Western New Mexico in 1981. He is a native of Grants, N.M.
He is married to the former Debora McDonald.