When Lamar head coach Steve Roccaforte needed to fill a vacancy on his staff in the summer of 2008, he found one of the best hires he could in veteran coach Silvey Dominguez.
Dominguez, who also serves as the recruiting coordinator, brought with him his expertise with zone defenses and trap packages while working with the Cardinals' strong guard play. The 59-year-old also oversees the basketball program's
contract with Nike and assists with game scheduling.
The Lamar defense was vastly improved last season as his knowledge of zone play paid immediate dividends. The Cardinals field goal percentage defense decreased from .475 to .431, moving from 11th to fifth in the Southland Conference and up 153 spots in the NCAA rankings. Lamar also held 13 opponents under 40 percent shooting - more than the two previous seasons combined.
In just one year as the recruiting coordinator, he helped attract a group of eight newcomers for the 2009-10 season, which includes five freshmen and three junior college transfers.
Dominguez brings nearly three decades of experience to the Lamar program, having coached at the Division I level for the last 21 years and been a part of three NCAA Tournament teams and two NIT squads.
"When I was looking at coaches to complete my staff, I wanted guys who could help lead our players back to postseason," Roccaforte said. "I wanted veteran coaches - coaches who understood recruiting and coaching as well as game preparation.
"Silvey is a true professional in every sense of the word. His experience speaks volumes for who he is and how lucky we are to have him."
Dominguez spent the 2007-08 season as the director of basketball operations at New Mexico during Steve Alford's first year in Albuquerque. He was responsible for coordinating team travel, scheduling, academics and maintaining Alford's daily schedule. The Lobos posted a 24-9 record - a nine-win improvement from the year before - and advanced to the MasterCard NIT.
He previously served on Steve McClain's staff at Wyoming from 2003-07. UW won 57 games while Dominguez was the recruiting coordinator and handled scheduling in addition to his on-court coaching and scouting responsibilities.
Dominguez came to Wyoming after one season at the University of Utah where he was Rick Majerus' top assistant for the 2002-03 campaign. That year the Runnin' Utes won the Mountain West regular-season title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach at UTEP.
Prior to that, he was an assistant for five years at the University of Southern California (1996-2001). In his final season at USC, the Trojans advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. USC made two other postseason tournament appearances with him as a member of its coaching staff - going to the NCAAs in 1997 and the NIT in 1999.
Three of the players Dominguez recruited to USC were selected in the NBA Draft. Brian Scalabrine and Jeff Trepagnier were chosen by New Jersey and Cleveland, respectively, in 2001. Sam Clancy went to Philadelphia in 2002.
Dominguez' coaching career has been primarily in the West. He began as an assistant at Western New Mexico in 1979. From there, he coached at Southern Colorado (1984-86) before joining Boyd Grant's staff at Colorado State in 1986. He was there for two seasons, and then joined Reggie Minton at Air Force. He coached with the Falcons from 1988-1991. Dominguez then moved on to St. Mary's (Calif.) from 1991-96.
At St. Mary's, Dominguez' primary responsibility was coordinating the Gael defense, which ranked first in the WCC in 1991-92, allowing just 66.6 points per game. In 1994-95, St. Mary's surrendered an equally stingy 66.8 points per contest under Dominguez' guidance.
A 1977 graduate of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish, Dominguez received his MBA in business administration from Western New Mexico in 1981.
A native of Grants, N.M., he is single.