JONESBORO (4/28/08) - Arkansas State head men’s basketball coach John Brady announced Monday the completion of his coaching staff, naming Chad Dollar associate head coach and Elwyn McRoy and Jeff Clapacs as assistant coaches.
Brady, named ASU’s 15th head coach on March 19, 2008, brings aboard two of his former assistants at LSU in Dollar and Clapacs, while McRoy joins the coaching staff after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern.
Dollar spent one season, 2007-08, at LSU, adding to his wealth of college coaching experience. Prior to LSU, Dollar coached the 2006-07 campaign at Murray State following a four-year stint as an assistant at Georgia Southern. He was also an associate head coach at Eastern Kentucky, served two seasons at Western Carolina, a year at Southern Mississippi and two years at Gardner-Webb.
Dollar spent two summers as an assistant coach with Athletes in Action as well. He has established himself as a premier recruiter, signing players such as guard Elton Nesbitt, the Southern Conference Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-America selection in 2006, to complement seven all-conference picks in his four years at Georgia Southern. He also recruited Southern Conference Freshman of the Year Jarvis Hayes while at Western Carolina.
Dollar was an all-city selection in 1989 and a second-team all-state performer in 1990 at Douglass High School in Atlanta, Ga. and was one of seven players on the team to sign with an NCAA Division-I school after his junior season. He played his first three seasons at South Florida on NCAA and NIT tournament teams before transferring to Milligan, where he received his bachelor’s degree, for his final season.
“Chad is an outstanding coach and recruiter and is extremely well respected throughout the country for his ability to not only sign quality players, but also develop them into better players as they progress throughout their careers,” said Brady. “I was fortunate to be able to attract a coach and person of his quality. He will be relied upon to help me in every aspect of revitalizing the program here at Arkansas State.”
A veteran coach at the collegiate level, McRoy has 12 years of experience as an assistant and head coach and has made an impact as both a coach and recruiter. He began his career as an assistant coach at Butler (Kan.) Community College in 1997 before landing at Independence (Kan.) Community College as an assistant from 1998-2000, Redlands (Okla.) Community College as an assistant from 2001-02, Frank Phillips (Texas) College as head coach from 2002-03, Southern University as an assistant from 2003-05 and Northwood (Fla.) University as an assistant from 2005-06.
McRoy spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Georgia Southern, where he helped lead the Eagles to a 20-12 record this past season and was involved with the recruitment of Mid-Florida Player of the Year Tyrone Crunell, Kansas Junior College Player of the Year and first team All-America selection Julian Allen and Second Team NJCAA All-America pick Antonio Hanson.
In five seasons at the junior college level, McRoy coached 28 players that went on to play at the NCAA Division I level and was influential in the development of 2004-05 Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Taj Gray (Oklahoma Sooners) and the 2005-06 Horizon Conference Player of the Year Brandon Polk (Butler). Widely known as an exceptional recruiter, McRoy was named a top junior college recruiter by the national publication Basketball Times.
In addition to Georgia Southern, McRoy also coached and was the recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division I-A Southern University. While at Southern, the Wichita, Kan. native helped guide the Jaguars to their best record in six years and their first .500 conference finish in eight seasons.
McRoy began his collegiate playing career at Butler Community College and then transferred to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, where he helped the Blue Dragons capture the 1994 NJCAA National Championship. After his graduation from Hutchinson, McRoy moved on to Cleveland State to finish his collegiate playing career and earn his bachelor’s degree.
“Elwyn brings an aspect that will benefit us greatly at Arkansas State with the number of contacts and people he knows,” said Brady. “He possesses an outstanding knowledge of the game and will enable our involvement with players we may not ordinarily be able to recruit. I am excited about Elwyn joining our staff to help move Arkansas State to the top of the Sun Belt Conference.”
Clapacs also spent the 2007-08 season at LSU as the Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator, helping oversee all areas of film, coordinating public relations for the Tigers, assisting with team travel, handling all equipment orders and inventory and working as director of basketball camps.
The Euclid, Ohio native graduated from The College of Wooster (Ohio) in May 2007 and after completing two seasons as a player with the Fighting Scots, he served an additional two years as a student assistant coach for one of the top Division III programs of this decade. Nationally-ranked Wooster complied a 108-15 record during his four years, including two NCAC tournament championships and a Final Four appearance in 2007.
Additionally, Clapacs worked as Assistant to Operations Manager for Athletics at Wooster, specializing in event management. He has also served as a counselor at several well-known summer basketball camps, including LSU under Brady, Florida (Billy Donovan) and Duke (Mike Krzyzewski), along with camps conducted by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Jeff is one of the most mature and intelligent young coaches in the country,” said Brady. “He was with me at LSU and is extremely knowledgeable about the video and taping aspect of the game that is so prevalent today. He is an excellent teacher and communicator and will definitely bring a balance to our staff that it needs.”
With the announcement of the entire ASU coaching staff, excitement surrounding the future of the men’s basketball program continues to grow as ticket sales and interest have spiked since John Brady was named head coach a little over a month ago. At the current pace, ticket sales for courtside seats on the lower level of the Convocation Center are expected to reach capacity by the middle of May.
For ticket information, donor seating and priority parking, contact the Indian Club at 870-972-2401.