Bruce Pearl added yet another southern connection to his staff Saturday.
Former Georgia Tech assistant coach Chad Dollar will replace Todd Golden, who left for San Francisco, on Auburn’s bench.
Dollar had just been hired as an assistant coach at Illinois State after serving five years as an assistant at Georgia Tech.
Dollar is an Atlanta native and has coached 19 years on the college level.
“We are very fortunate that a coach of Chad Dollar’s caliber and experience was available,” Pearl said in a statement. “His resume speaks for itself. He will have tremendous impact on our player development on and off the court, and our ability to continue to recruit the best players in the southeast.
“In adding Chad to our staff, I am able to continue to surround my student-athletes with great men, great teachers, great fathers and great coaches.”
Dollar previously served as an assistant at Wichita State when the Shockers on the NIT in 2011 under head coach Gregg Marshall. He also coached for John Brady at LSU and Arkansas State from 2007 through 2010.
“There are only a few schools in the country where I always dreamed of coaching, and Auburn is one of them,” Dollar said in a press release. “Growing up, I watched Auburn basketball and spent a lot of time at Auburn through the years with my dad being a high school coach and having a few of his former players play at Auburn. It is like a dream come true to coach at Auburn and coach with one of the best coaches in the country in coach Pearl. I am very excited about this opportunity, and I am looking forward to the success that lies ahead for Auburn basketball.”