St. John's coach believed to be the first NCAA assistant to make the NBA head coaching leap.
Men's basketball assistant coach a presenter in Dallas this weekend.
The Queens native is training in Florida for his name to be called on June 28.
BIG EAST Tournament Preview
Postgame Press Conference following win over No. 20/18 Notre Dame
Media Availability prior to Saturday's game vs. Notre Dame
Coach Dunlap, Moe Harkless, and D'Angelo Harrison address media prior to Sunday's game at Georgetown
Press conference and highlights from Wednesday's loss to Cincinnati
St. John's vs. Pittsburgh
St. John's 61 - No. 20/18 Notre Dame 58 (Feb. 25, 2012)
St. John's 79 DePaul 72 Feb. 20, 2012
St. John's vs. DePaul
St. John's 78, West Virginia 62 - Jan. 25, 2012
"I have known Mike Dunlap since I was a student-athlete at Chapman University, and over the past 25 years he has developed into one of the game's most-respected teachers," said Lavin. "Mike is a sound tactician with a deep understanding of the game and brings a wealth of experience to our staff. The addition of Coach Dunlap gives our program one of the most diverse and specialized coaching staffs in college basketball."
Dunlap, 53, joined the St. John's basketball family after serving as the associate head coach on Pac-10 staffs during the last two seasons. Arizona went 21-14 in 2008-09, advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 before ending the season with a loss to top-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal game. Dunlap joined Oregon's staff in 2009-10, with the Ducks posting a 16-16 record.
"I don't think Coach Lavin could have done better in selecting Mike Dunlap as an assistant coach. He is one of the outstanding minds in the game. His strengths are in organization and on-the-floor coaching, and he is a great addition to the staff at St. John's," said Lute Olson, the retired Arizona coach and owner of 46 NCAA Tournament wins. "With Coach Lavin's recruiting ability, I think that Mike will be the perfect complement to the program. I had known Mike for a long time before I hired him, and I have nothing but greatest amount of respect for him."
"Mike Dunlap absolutely elevates every player and team he comes into contact with," said Karl. "He is our guy. He will take you from good to great. Name any top-level, elite coach in the game - the only difference between Mike and them is their address. There is no higher level of coaching ability than his. There is absolutely no one better."
Cutting Down The Nets
In 2003-04, Dunlap led Metro State to a school-record 30-consecutive victories, including a perfect 19-0 slate in RMAC play. It was the first time a RMAC team went undefeated in eight seasons. The Roadrunners led the nation in margin of victory (+28.1 ppg) and were third in scoring offense (93.4 ppg).
Metro State won its second national championship in 2002, defeating Kentucky Wesleyan, 80-72. Dunlap was named the NABC and the Bulletin Division II Coach of the Year. The squad posted a 29-6 record and finished second in the RMAC, but after a loss in the RMAC Tournament the Roadrunners won six straight games to claim the national title.
Dunlap's first national championship came in 2000, also a win over Kentucky Wesleyan, 97-79. The Roadrunners tied for the RMAC regular-season championship, won the RMAC Tournament title and went 33-4 after posting wins in their final 12 contests. The 33 wins is still a school record, and Dunlap was honored as the NABC National Coach of the Year and the RMAC Coach of the Year.
Land Down Under
Before arriving in Australia, Dunlap served five years as head coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He led his 1992, 1993 and 1994 teams to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles and appearances in the NCAA Division III national championship. The Kingsmen also advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1992 and 1994. The Kodak West District Coach of the Year in 1994, Dunlap was 80-54 (.597) in his five seasons, and his 1993-94 team was ranked No. 1 for two weeks during the year.
Early in his career, Dunlap also served as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California under the esteemed George Raveling, and as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. He also spent five years as an assistant at his alma mater, Loyola Marymount University.
A Coach For Coaches
A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Dunlap earned an associate of arts degree in science from Pierce College in 1978, before attaining a bachelor's degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in 1980.
Dunlap and his wife, Mollie Busterud Dunlap, have three children: Holt (19), Spencer (17) and Ellie (14). An avid runner, Dunlap has a 100-mile race to his credit.
The Mike Dunlap File