Mike Dunlap

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Mike Dunlap
Loyola Marymount Lions
Position Head coach
League West Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1957-05-27) May 27, 1957 (age 57)
Fairbanks, Alaska
Nationality American
Career information
College Los Angeles Pierce College
Loyola Marymount
Career history
As coach:
1980–1985 Loyola Marymount (assistant)
1985–1986 Iowa (assistant)
1986–1989 USC (assistant)
1989–1994 Cal Lutheran
1994–1996 Adelaide 36ers
1997–2006 Metro State
20062008 Denver Nuggets (assistant)
2008–2009 Arizona (assistant)
2009–2010 Oregon (assistant)
2010–2012 St. John's (assistant/interim)
2012–2013 Charlotte Bobcats
2014–present Loyola Marymount

Mike Dunlap (born May 27, 1957) is the former head coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, and current coach of Loyola Marymount.[1]

Dunlap replaced Paul Silas after the Bobcats' 2011-2012 season, in which the team had the worst winning percentage in NBA history.[2] He previously served as the interim head coach and assistant coach at St. John's University, and head coach at Metro State.

He also served as the assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets from 2006 to 2008.[3]

While at Metro State, Dunlap led his team to NCAA titles in 2000 and 2002. He posted an overall record of 248–50, leading the Roadrunners to nine NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his nine seasons as head coach (1997–2006).

Dunlap also served three seasons in Australia (1994-1996) as head coach of the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League, taking the team to the NBL Grand Final in 1994 against the North Melbourne Giants and the semi-finals in 1995 and 1996. Over his three season in Adelaide Dunlap compiled a 59-36 record before returning to the USA just weeks before the 1997 season following the sudden death of his father, though it was incorrectly reported at the time the move was because of a fallout between Dunlap and 36ers management. Dunlap is credited as the coach who kick-started the NBL career of the 36ers all-time leading home grown player Brett Maher in the 1994 season (Maher had debuted for the 36ers in 1992 and would go on to be the leading point scorer (8,941) and games record holder at the club (526), captaining the team to 3 NBL titles as well as having a distinguished international career for the Australian Boomers before retiring in 2009).[4]

He also spent five years as head basketball coach at California Lutheran University.

In the 2011–12 NBA season the Charlotte Bobcats record was an NBA worst ever 7–59. In the early part of the 2012–13 season, Dunlap led the Bobcats to a 7–5 record, with Charlotte matching its win total from the previous season. However, at that point, the Bobcats went on an 18-game losing streak, but managed to win 8 of their last 19 games. They ultimately finished 21-61, the second-worst record in the NBA. On April 23, 2013, the Bobcats announced that Dunlap had been fired.[5]

Dunlap's appointment as coach of the Bobcats saw him become the first person to be a head coach in both Australia's NBL and in the NBA.

Dunlap is very well known for his implementation and use of a high pressure 1-1-3 Match-Up Zone.

Coaching record[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
CHA 2012–13 82 21 61 .256 4th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 82 21 61 .256


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
California Lutheran University (SCIAC) (1989–1994)
1989–90 Cal Lutheran 5-21 N/A N/A
1990–91 Cal Lutheran 14-12 N/A N/A
1991–92 Cal Lutheran 16-12 11-3 1st NCAA Division III Southern Sectional
1992–93 Cal Lutheran 20-7 12-2 T-1st NCAA Division III West Regional
1993–94 Cal Lutheran 25-3 12-2 1st NCAA Division III Southern Sectional
Cal Lutheran: 80-55 (.593) 35-7 (.833)
Metro State (RMAC) (1997–2006)
1997–98 Metro State 25-5 16-3 1st - East NCAA Division II Tournament
1998–99 Metro State 28-6 15-4 1st - East NCAA Division II Runner Up
1999–00 Metro State 33-4 17-2 1st - East NCAA Division II National Champions
2000–01 Metro State 23-7 14-5 3rd - East NCAA Division II Tournament
2001–02 Metro State 29-6 16-3 2nd - East NCAA Division II National Champions
2002–03 Metro State 28-5 16-3 2nd - East NCAA Division II Tournament
2003–04 Metro State 32-3 19-0 1st - East NCAA Division II Final Four
2004–05 Metro State 29-4 16-3 1st - East NCAA Division II Elite Eight
2005–06 Metro State 21-10 13-6 3rd - East NCAA Division II Tournament
Metro State: 248-50 (.832) 142-29 (.830)
Loyola Marymount (West Coast Conference) (2014–present)
2014–15 Loyola Marymount
Total: 328-105 (.758)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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