Dwayne Polee is in his third season as USC's Director of Basketball Operations, being named to the position effective July 1, 2007.
Polee, 46, was an assistant coach at Los Angeles Southwest Community College for the 2000-01 season, helping lead the Cougars to the 2001 California State Championship.
In addition to coaching, Polee's career includes 12 years of experience as a social worker for Los Angeles County, working to positively affect the lives of Los Angeles Country residents. He has also served as an instructor the last three USC basketball camps.
Polee, born and raised in Los Angeles, was a legendary high school basketball player in the city. He started as a freshman at Verbum Dei High which was the No. 1 ranked high school team in the country at the time. He then transferred to Manual Arts High as a sophomore and graduated from that school in 1981. As a senior, he almost single-handedly led the Toilers to the 1981 City Championship by scoring a championship-record 43 points in Manual Arts' 82-69 win over perennial power Crenshaw at the Los Angeles Sports Arena before a city finals record 14,123 fans. Polee was named the 1981 Los Angeles High School Player of the Year.
He began his collegiate career at UNLV for the 1981-82 season and averaged 8.4 points and 3.5 rebounds as a freshman. Transferred to Pepperdine for his final three seasons. He averaged 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds as a sophomore (1983-84), 15.7 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junior (1984-85) and 15.7 points and 2.8 rebounds as a senior (1985-86) at Pepperdine. Graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in Physical Education.
Polee was a third round selection (54th pick overall) in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He played in just one game for the Clippers, playing six minutes and scoring two points. He also played professionally for the Colima Lemaneros in Mexico from 1989-91 and was a member of the U.S. traveling team in Europe from 1987-89.
Along with his administrative duties, Polee brings a strong background in working with young players and experience at guard development.
Polee and his wife Yolanda reside in Los Angeles. They have two children, Dwayne Polee, Jr. (17) who is a senior at Westchester High in Los Angeles and Ashli (9).