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The Seattle Redhawks men's basketball team represents Seattle University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Established in 1946, the team was previously known as the Seattle Chieftains. The program experienced success during the 1950s and 1960s, reaching the NCAA Division I Tournament 11 times. Led by 1958 No. 1 draft pick Elgin Baylor, Seattle finished runner-up in the 1958 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Seattle University Redhawks
2019–20 Seattle Redhawks men's basketball team
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UniversitySeattle University
Head coachJim Hayford (3rd season)
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
LocationSeattle, Washington
ArenaSeattle Center Arena / Redhawk Center
(Capacity: 8,901 / 999)
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NCAA Tournament Runner-up
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1964
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969
Conference Regular Season Champions

Seattle was a member of NCAA Division I from 1946 to 1980, declassified to NAIA in 1980, and rejoined the Division I level in 2008. They are a member of the Western Athletic Conference (2012–present).[1] They were previously a member of the West Coast Conference (1971–1980).[2] The current head coach is Jim Hayford.


1950s and 1960s: National prominenceEdit

Established in 1946, the program experienced a period of success during the 1950s and 1960s. Seattle produced more NBA players than any other school from 1960 to 1969.[3] From 1953 to 1969, the Seattle Chieftains reached the NCAA Tournament eleven times.[4]

On January 21, 1952, the Seattle Chieftains beat the Harlem Globetrotters in a stunning 84–81 upset, led by Johnny O'Brien.[5] Six years later, Elgin Baylor led the Chieftains to the championship game of the 1958 NCAA Tournament, but fell to the Kentucky Wildcats 84–72 at Freedom Hall in Louisville on March 22.[6] Despite finishing runner-up, Baylor was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was the first selection of the 1958 NBA draft in April.

Notable alumni of Seattle University basketball include Elgin Baylor, Johnny O'Brien, Eddie O'Brien, Eddie Miles, Clint Richardson, John Tresvant, Tom Workman, Frank Oleynick, Charlie Williams, Jawann Oldham, Charles Garcia, and Plummer Lott.[7]

Cameron Dollar (2009–2017)Edit

Seattle discontinued its men's basketball at the Division I level for some time, initially moving to NAIA in 1980. Seattle rejoined the NCAA as a Division III member and then as a Division II member in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

In 2008, the program rejoined the Division I level. In 2009, Cameron Dollar was hired as the new men's basketball head coach to replace Joe Callero.[8] Seattle University and University of Washington agreed to renew their rivalry by playing annually from 2009 to 2017 while rotating sites. In 2017, the two schools played in the 2K Sports Classic.

The Redhawks played as an independent for the next three years before seeking a conference. Seattle first applied to the West Coast Conference, where they played between 1971 and 1980, but were turned down. After declining an invitation to the now-defunct Great West Conference, Seattle applied for membership in the Big Sky Conference and Big West Conference but were again turned down. During the 2010-13 NCAA conference realignment, the Western Athletic Conference saw 12 of its members leave. In 2012, the WAC invited Seattle to join and Seattle accepted soon after.

Seattle began the 2012–13 season in the WAC, and for the 2013–14 season only three members from the prior year remained in the conference (Seattle, New Mexico State, and Idaho). The WAC added six new members for 2013–14, and once Idaho left for the Big Sky Conference in 2014–15, Seattle became the second-longest tenured WAC school after just three seasons in the league.

Seattle won their first WAC tournament game in the 2014–15 season, beating Chicago State and UMKC en route to the WAC Tournament where they lost to New Mexico State. The Redhawks finished the regular season 16–15, and earned an invite to the College Basketball Invitational. It was the Redhawks' first appearance in a Division I postseason tournament since 1969. Seattle beat Pepperdine and Colorado in the first two rounds in the Connolly Center, before losing to Loyola (Ill.) in the semi-finals. Loyola (Ill.) would go on to win the tournament. In the 2015-16 season, Seattle was invited to the CBI again and hosted their first two games. After beating Idaho in the first round, the Redhawks fell to Vermont.

On March 13, 2017, Cameron Dollar was fired after compiling a 107–138 record and two CBI appearances at Seattle.[9]

Jim Hayford (2017–present)Edit

On March 29, 2017, Jim Hayford was hired as the new men's basketball head coach to replace Dollar, coming from rival Eastern Washington University[3]

In his first year as head coach, Hayford compiled a 20–14 record, the Redhawks' first 20-win season since 2008 and first 20-win season in Division I play since the 1960s.[10] The Redhawks fell to Central Arkansas in the first round of the 2018 CBI Tournament.[11]

In his second year as head coach, Hayford has compiled an 18–14 record, marking the Redhawks' first back-to-back 18+ win seasons since 2008–09 and 2009–10.[12] The Redhawks will participate in the 2019 CIT Tournament.[12]

Home courtEdit

Seattle moved to KeyArena, just a few miles from campus, for men's basketball in 2009 when the Redhawks moved to Division I. KeyArena opened on October 26, 1995, and plays host to other sporting events, family events, and other entertainment.[13] Despite seating just over 17,000 people, Seattle curtains off the upper deck and only sells tickets for the lower bowl and luxury boxes, making the official capacity for Redhawks games 8,901. 1,160 of that is luxury boxes.

Seattle has played a game at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington on select years since moving back to D1. The games are referred to as the "ShoWare Classic".

The Redhawk Center on the campus has been seldom used by the men's team as it only seats 999. Seattle U hosted their College Basketball Invitational games at the Redhawk Center in 2015 because KeyArena was in use for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Redhawk Center hosted six Seattle U home games in 2016-2017, and ten the next season (2017-2018). The KeyArena continues to be considered the program's primary home court; however, it is scheduled to be closed from 2018 to 2020 while being totally rebuilt. Two early-season home games were played at the ShoWare Center in November 2018, but the rest of the 2018-2019 home schedule is being played on campus at the Redhawk Center.


Seattle U has two recognized rivals. Both University of Washington and Eastern Washington.


Both schools are only 2.8 miles apart[14] and have met 33 times. Cameron Dollar came from Washington as an assistant under Lorenzo Romar, which helped restart the rivalry when the Redhawks returned to D1. The schools first met in 1952, then played every season from 1969-1979 when Seattle U left the NCAA. Washington leads the series 29-4.[15]

They have played every season since 2009 on a rotating home-court basis.

"Intrastate Battle"Edit

Seattle U and Eastern Washington University have met 14 times since they first played in 2009. The "Intrastate Battle"[16] is sometimes played twice a season in a rotating home court basis, though sometimes is only played once.

The series is currently tied 7-7.[17]

An establishing chapter began in 2017 when Jim Hayford left his head coaching position EWU for the same job at Seattle U. Hayford's assistant, Shantay Legans, was hired as his successor. On December 3rd, 2017, in Hayford's first game against his former team and assistant, Seattle U won 85-64 [18]

Team rosterEdit

2017–18 Seattle Redhawks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Dashawn McDowell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Southeast HS
Oklahoma City, OK
G 1 Morgan Means 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Redondo Union HS Compton, CA
G 2 Jordan Hill 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Sr La Salle HS
Pasadena, CA
G 5 Matej Kavas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS So Gimnazija Bezigrad HS Ljubljana, Slovenia
G 10 Richard Gittens 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr Marcos de Niza HS
Weber State
Boston, MA
F 11 Scott Ulaneo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Stella Azura Academy Rome, Italy
G 12 Mattia Da Campo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Stella Azura Academy Venice, Italy
G/F 13 Josh Hearlihy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Northfield Mount Hermon HS
Los Angeles, CA
G 14 Eric Alperin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS So Phillips Academy Los Angeles, CA
G 15 Jake Spurgeon 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS So Lakeridge HS Lake Oswego, OR
G 21 Collin Huun 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr South Salem HS
Chemeketa CC
Salem, OR
G 23 Aaron Nettles 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Seattle Prep Seattle, WA
G 24 Delante Jones 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Virginia Episcopal HS
Chantilly, VA
F 30 Latio Cosmos 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Overlake School Redmond, WA
G/F 35 Brennan Corrigan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Oaks Christian School Westlake Village, CA
C 41 Aaron Menzies 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 285 lb (129 kg) RS Jr Loreto Academy Manchester, England
F 42 Myles Carter 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr St. Rita of Cascia HS Chicago, IL
F Matt Owies 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So St Kevin's College
Melbourne, Australia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Last update: November 9, 2017

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
1946–47 Len Yandle, Bill Fenton 18–12
1947–48 Len Yandle, Bill Fenton 10–16
1948–49 Al Brightman 12–14
1949–50 Al Brightman 12–17
1950–51 Al Brightman 32–5
1951–52 Al Brightman 29–8 NIT First Round
1952–53 Al Brightman 29–4 NCAA Regional Third Place
1953–54 Al Brightman 26–2 NCAA First Round
1954–55 Al Brightman 22–7 NCAA Regional Fourth Place
1955–56 Al Brightman 18–11 NCAA Regional Fourth Place
1956–57 John Castellani 24–3 NIT Quarterfinals
1957–58 John Castellani 23–6 NCAA Runner-up
1958–59 Vincent Cazzetta 23–6
1959–60 Vincent Cazzetta 16–10
1960–61 Vincent Cazzetta 18–8 NCAA First Round
1961–62 Vincent Cazzetta 18–9 NCAA First Round
1962–63 Vincent Cazzetta 21–6 NCAA First Round
1963–64 Bob Boyd 22–6 NCAA Regional Third Place
1964–65 Bob Boyd 19–7
1965–66 Lionell Purcell 16–10
1966–67 Lionell Purcell 18–8 NCAA First Round
1967–68 Morris Buckwalter 15–14
1968–69 Morris Buckwalter 20–8 NCAA First Round
1969–70 Morris Buckwalter 15–10
1970–71 Morris Buckwalter 12–14
Seattle (West Coast Conference) (1971–1980)
1971–72 Morris Buckwalter 17–9 10–4 3rd
1972–73 William O'Connor 13–13 6–8 T–5th
1973–74 William O'Connor 15–11 11–3 2nd
1974–75 William O'Connor 8–18 6–8 6th
1975–76 William O'Connor 11–16 6–6 4th
1976–77 William O'Connor 14–14 7–7 T–3rd
1977–78 William O'Connor 11–17 6–8 5th
1978–79 Jack Schalow 16–11 8–6 4th
1979–80 Jack Schalow 12–15 8–8 7th
Seattle (Independent) (1980–1992)
1980–81 Jack Schalow 9–13
1981–82 Len Nardone 6–22
1982–83 Len Nardone 15–16
1983–84 Len Nardone 14–14
1984–85 Len Nardone 21–12
1985–86 Bob Johnson 10–20
1986–87 Bob Johnson 17–13
1987–88 Bob Johnson 13–17
1988–89 Bob Johnson 7–23
1989–90 Bob Johnson 10–20
1990–91 Bob Johnson 16–15
1991–92 Al Hairston 14–17
1992–93 Al Hairston 6–24
1993–94 Al Hairston 17–14
1994–95 Al Hairston 10–20
1995–96 Al Hairston 14–17
1996–97 Al Hairston 13–18
Seattle (Northwest Conference[19]) (1997–1999)
1997–98 Al Hairston 4–20 3–15 10th
1998–99 Al Hairston 4–20 4–14 10th
Seattle (?) (1999–2001)
1999–00 Al Hairston 7–17
2000–01 Dave Cox 6–21
Seattle (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) (2001–2008)
2001–02 Joe Callero 6–23 4–14 9th
2002–03 Joe Callero 16–11 9–9 7th
2003–04 Joe Callero 9–18 5–13 T–8th
2004–05 Joe Callero 11–16 6–12 8th
2005–06 Joe Callero 16–11 9–9 7th
2006–07 Joe Callero 20–9 11–5 T–1st
2007–08 Joe Callero 18–9 11–7 8th[n 1]
Seattle (Independent) (2008–2012)
2008–09 Joe Callero 21–8
2009–10 Cameron Dollar 17–14
2010–11 Cameron Dollar 11–20
2011–12 Cameron Dollar 12–15
Seattle (Western Athletic Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Cameron Dollar 8–22 3–15 10th
2013–14 Cameron Dollar 13–17 5–11 8th
2014–15 Cameron Dollar 18–16 7–7 4th CBI Semifinals
2015–16 Cameron Dollar 15–17 7–7 4th CBI Quarterfinals
2016–17 Cameron Dollar 13–17 5–9 6th
2017–18 Jim Hayford 20–14 8–6 4th CBI First Round
2018–19 Jim Hayford 18–14 6–10 7th CIT First Round

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason appearancesEdit

NCAA Division I TournamentEdit

The Redhawks have made the NCAA Division I Tournament eleven times, though none since 1969, in part due to not being in Division I for over half of their drought. Their combined record is 10–13.

Year Round Opponent Result
1953 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place
Idaho State
W 88–77
L 70–92
W 80–64
1954 First Round Idaho State L 75–77 OT
1955 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place
Idaho State
Oregon State
W 80–63
L 71–83
L 85–108
1956 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place
Idaho State
W 68–66
L 72–81
L 70–94
1958 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship Game
San Francisco
Kansas State
W 88–51
W 69–67
W 66–62 OT
W 73–51
L 72–84
1961 First Round Arizona State L 70–72
1962 First Round Oregon State L 65–69 OT
1963 First Round Oregon State L 66–70
1964 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place
Oregon State
Utah State
W 61–57
L 90–95
W 88–78
1967 First Round Texas Western L 54–62
1969 First Round Weber State L 73–75

NIT appearancesEdit

Seattle has made two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). They have a combined record of 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1952 First Round Holy Cross L 72–77
1957 Quarterfinals St. Bonaventure L 68–85

CBI appearancesEdit

Seattle has made three appearances in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). They have a combined record of 3–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2015 First Round
W 62–45
W 72–65
L 48–63
2016 First Round
W 68–63
L 53–74
2018 First Round Central Arkansas L 90–92OT

CIT appearancesEdit

Seattle made their first appearance in the CIT Tournament in 2019. They have a combined record of 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First Round Presbyterian L 68–73

Retired numbersEdit

Seattle Redhawks retired numbers
No. Player Pos. Career
3 Ed O'Brien [20] 1950–1953
4 John O'Brien [20] 1950–1953
20 Eddie Miles F 1960–1963
22 Elgin Baylor SF 1956–1958
32 Tom Workman [21] C 1964–1966
44 Clint Richardson SG 1975–1979


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