University of New Mexico graduate Ellis Dawson started working for USA Basketball as a competitive programs manager on Feb. 22, 2005, and was elevated to the position of assistant director, national teams in 2009.
In his position Dawson assists in all facets of the men's and women's competitive programs, including player personnel and basketball operations during trials, training camps and competitions. Additionally, he assists with the team outfitting; coordinates apparel inventory and video equipment; maintains the USA Basketball video library; as well as assists in coordinating the USA Basketball Officials Program.
A member of the NBA Orlando Magic staff from 1995 through 2004, Dawson began as a basketball operations associate, working on video scouting and two years later was promoted to a scouting assistant before being elevated in April 2000 to scouting coordinator. During his tenure with the Magic, Dawson was involved in all facets of scouting, including organizing and maintaining the scouting database, managing the scouting report updates for the department's staff, coordinating video taping of NBA, European, college and high school basketball games, while establishing a video library of all the games. He also was responsible for various scouting duties and responsibilities Orlando's annual NBA Draft. Additionally, he served as a liaison for potential summer free agents and participated in an active role in securing the signing of athletes such as Grant Hill, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue and Tracy McGrady.
Dawson was active in the Magic's community outreach programs, including Read 2 Achieve, acting as the head coach in the Junior Magic Basketball League, as well as with other special charity events.
In 2008 Dawson worked with USA Basketball as a host to the Puerto Rican Men's National Team during the training camp and exhibition game hosted by USA Basketball in Jacksonville, Florida, prior to the Olympics.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dawson is a 1993 graduate of University of New Mexico, where he earned a bachelor's degree in recreation and physical education. He continued his education in Albuquerque and earned a master's degree in sports administration in 1996. While at UNM Dawson spent seven years as a student manager, from Oct. 1988 through Oct. 1995, for the Lobos basketball team. In addition to supervising other managers, his responsibilities during his stint at New Mexico included team travel, laundry, transportation and assisting with the summer team and camps.