Air Force men's basketball coach Jeff Reynolds announced on June 7 that Silvey Dominguez will join the Falcon staff as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 season. Dominguez, who is very familiar with the Air Force basketball program and the Mountain West Conference, replaces Rob Pryor, who left the Academy to become head coach at Shenendoah University.
Dominguez, 58, was an assistant coach under Reggie Minton at Air Force from 1988-91 and has coached at five current Mountain West schools. He brings nearly three decades of experience to the Air Force 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.
"I could not be more excited to add such an experienced coach to our staff," Reynolds said. "Silvey understands recruiting and game preparation as well as anyone in the country."
Most recently, Dominguez served as an assistant coach at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, from 2008-10. He was the Cardinals' recruiting coordinator, oversaw the basketball program's contract with Nike and assisted with game scheduling.
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 Postseason NIT.
He previously served on Steve McClain's staff at Wyoming from 2003-07. The Cowboys won 57 games while Dominguez was the recruiting coordinator and handled scheduling in addition to his on-court coaching and scouting responsibilities.
Dominguez went 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 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, before joining Minton's staff at Air Force in `88. 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., Dominguez is single.