Carroll Dawson is a former Assistant coach and General manager in the National Basketball Association. He worked for the Houston Rockets franchise for twenty-seven years until announcing his retirement in 2007.
A native of Alba, Texas, Dawson played collegiate basketball at Paris Junior College and Baylor University during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1960, he earned All-Southwest Conference honors after averaging 16.4 points per game for the Baylor Bears. From 1973 to 1977, he served as Baylor's men's basketball head coach. He then worked as a scout for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and as a salesman for Converse shoes before becoming an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets in 1980.
In 1989, Dawson was struck by lightning during a golf outing, and over the next few years his vision became progressively worse. Unable to continue his coaching duties, Dawson moved to the Rockets front office, becoming general manager in 1996. Among his most notable accomplishments were his selection of Yao Ming in the 2002 NBA Draft and his six-player trade to acquire Tracy McGrady in 2004.
- Career retrospective at NBA.com