Jan. 14, 2010
WACO, Texas - Former student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach Carroll Dawson will be honored Saturday as a 2010 Baylor Basketball Legend by the `B' Association.
After earning All-American honors at Paris (Texas) Junior College, Dawson lettered two seasons for the Bears from 1959-60. He led the Bears in both scoring and rebounding in each of his two seasons. As a senior in 1960, he was named to the All-Southwest Conference first team after averaging 16.4 points through 24 games.
Dawson returned to Baylor in 1963 as an assistant under head coach Bill Menefee. Ten years later, he succeeded Menefee as head coach in 1973, leading the Bears to 42 victories. After three years as Baylor's head coach, Dawson moved on to coach with the NBA's Houston Rockets, eventually serving as the club's general manager.
Recognized as one of the NBA's top executives, Dawson transformed the Rockets into a regular playoff contender by acquiring such players as Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon, Cuttino Mobley and Yao Ming. He was also credited with teaching Olajuwon's patented jump hook. Dawson holds the distinction of being the only member of Houston's coaching staffs that advanced to the NBA Finals in 1981, 1986, 1994 and 1995.
Dawson has been inducted into four halls of fame - Paris Junior College Hall of Fame in 1991, Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also named Mr. Sportsman 2005 by Houston's Interfaith Charities. He was later named to the Baylor Basketball All-Centennial Team in 2006.
Dawson's initials, `CD', hang from the rafters of the Toyota Center in Houston. Remaining with the Rockets as a Senior Consultant, Dawson and his wife, Sharon, currently reside in Houston.