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President, Basketball Operations
Carroll Dawson enters his 25th season with the Rockets and his ninth as the General Manager for the franchise. Prior to moving into the front office, Dawson worked as an assistant coach under four Rockets head coaches, aiding Del Harris from 1980-83, Bill Fitch from 1983-88, Don Chaney from 1988-92 and Rudy Tomjanovich from 1992-96.
Affectionately known as “CD,” Dawson oversees all player personnel activity for the Rockets. His duties include managing the entire scouting department, which includes an analysis of athletes at both the amateur and professional level. Dawson deals with free agency issues, trade inquiries and the assessment of the team’s needs.
Dawson is recognized as one of the top executives in the NBA. Since moving to the Rockets front office job in 1996, he has shown the ability to both bolster a playoff contender with veterans and acquire emerging talent as part of a youth movement. In his first few years, he made trades for Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen to give a team led by Hakeem Olajuwon even more experience. Dawson then helped the Rockets acquire several young talents in the following years, including Cuttino Mobley, Steve Francis and Yao Ming.
This summer, Dawson changed the face of the franchise by obtaining one of the NBA’s top players in Tracy McGrady. The 25-year-old two-time scoring champion was acquired from Orlando in a multi-player deal that included Francis and Mobley. Dawson has now given Houston a nucleus of Yao and McGrady, two players 25 years or younger with a combined six NBA All-Star Game selections. In addition, Dawson has provided support to this talented duo with the offseason additions of hard-working veterans Juwan Howard, Dikembe Mutombo, Bob Sura and Charlie Ward.
Dawson holds the distinction of being the only person on all four coaching staffs that led the Rockets to their NBA Finals appearances, as Houston advanced to the championship series in 1981, 1986, 1994 and 1995. Dawson is known throughout the NBA for his work with frontcourt players and has also been credited with teaching Olajuwon his infamous jump hook. Dawson has coached many NBA All-Stars throughout his years with the Rockets, including Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson and Tomjanovich.
Dawson’s knowledge of the game has not been limited to the NBA. Prior to the inaugural 1997 WNBA season, Dawson was commissioned by owner Leslie Alexander to help assemble the first Houston Comets team. He guided the efforts to bring Sheryl Swoopes and Cynthia Cooper to Houston and then drafted Janeth Arcain in the WNBA Elite Draft. Finally, he worked with Alexander to hire three-time WNBA Coach of the Year Van Chancellor. Currently, Dawson is Chancellor’s top advisor as the Comets Executive Vice President of Basketball.
A native Texan, Dawson hails from Alba, a town with a population of 200 that sits about 75 miles east of Dallas. As a 6-foot-5 high school center, he led Alba High School to a 44-3 record as a senior. He then went on to win Junior College All-America honors at Paris Junior College (Texas) under Head Coach Boyd Converse. After two seasons at Paris, Dawson moved on to Baylor University, where he led Bill Henderson’s Baylor Bears in scoring and rebounding in each of his two seasons. In 1960, he averaged 16.4 points as a senior to earn All-Southwest Conference honors.
In 1963, he returned to Baylor as an assistant to Head Coach Bill Menefee. He later succeeded Menefee as head coach in 1973, remaining in that position for more than three seasons. After spending two years as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys at the call of executive Gil Brandt, Dawson started a career as a salesman for Converse Shoe Company.
Dawson has been honored with induction into the Paris Junior College Hall of Fame in 1991, the Baylor University Hall of Fame in 1998, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame last year.
One of the top golfers in the NBA, Dawson resides in Houston with his wife, Sharon. Sharon has a daughter, Elizabeth and a son, Michael.