Joe Lee Dunn
July 14, 1946|
|Alma mater||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1980–1982||New Mexico (assistant)|
|1987–1988||South Carolina (DC)|
|1989–1991||Memphis State (DC)|
|1992–1993||Ole Miss (DC)|
|1996–2002||Mississippi State (DC/LB)|
|2006–2007||Ridgeway HS (TN)|
|2008||New Mexico State (DC)|
|Head coaching record|
Joseph Levi "Joe Lee" Dunn (born July 14, 1946) is an American football coach and former player. As a defensive coordinator, he is known for coaching from the sidelines, seldom using a headset or carrying playsheets, and his aggressive, unorthodox schemes. He is widely credited with inventing the attacking 3-3-5 scheme that has been used by several college and high school teams.
In December 2007, Dunn was enlisted as defensive coordinator at New Mexico State University, serving under head coach Hal Mumme, who compiled a 7–29 record. In December 2008, Mumme was fired, and was later hired as head coach of McMurry University in Texas. Dunn joined Mumme's staff in April 2009 at the Division III school, and is currently serving as defensive coordinator.
From 2003 until 2005, he was the defensive coordinator of the Memphis Tigers football program. He transformed the Tigers defense from a unit that ranked near the bottom statistically in defense, to a top 25 defensive unit. Prior to coaching at Memphis, he was the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State from 1996 to 2002. In 1995, he served as the defensive coordinator at Arkansas.
In 1999, while serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Mississippi State University, Dunn was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach.
From 1992 to 1994, he served as the defensive coordinator at Mississippi. After Billy Brewer was fired just before the 1994 season, Dunn was named head coach and led the Rebels to a 4–7 record. From 1987 to 1988, he had served as South Carolina's defensive coordinator. From 1983 to 1986, he was the head football coach at New Mexico, where he compiled a 17–30 record.
Head coaching record
|New Mexico Lobos (Western Athletic Conference) (1983–1986)|
|Ole Miss Rebels (Southeastern Conference) (1994)|
|1994||Ole Miss||4–7||2–6||T–5th (Western)|