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 60)
Fairbanks, Alaska
Nationality American
Career information
Coaching career 1980–present
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)
2012–2013 Charlotte Bobcats
2014–present Loyola Marymount

Michael Gregory "Mike" Dunlap (born May 27, 1957) is an American basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of Loyola Marymount University.[1]

Dunlap is the former head coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. He 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 Division 2 championships 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).

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

Dunlap also served three seasons in Australia (1994-1996) as head coach of the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League. Dunlap signed to coach Adelaide for 5 years at approximately AU$200,000 per year, making him the NBL's first million dollar coach. Dunlap was successful in 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. Dunlap is credited as the coach who kick-started the NBL career of the 36ers all-time leading home grown player Brett Maher.[4]

While Dunlap's time with the Adelaide 36ers was somewhat successful, taking them back to being an NBL force with Grand and Semi-final appearances, his time in Adelaide wasn't without controversy. As a former NCAA coach, Dunlap tended to favor the younger players in the team, including taking the young players on a two-month pre-season camp to Cal Lutheran prior to his first year as team coach. This came at the expense of the teams veterans with Dunlap ultimately successful in removing long time players and fan favorites such as Mike McKay, Scott Ninnis, Phil Smyth and Robert Rose from the club. Prior to the 1997 NBL season, although it wasn't public knowledge at the time, Dunlap reportedly wanted to get rid of the clubs greatest player (to that point) Mark Davis who had been a member of the team, and its most dominant player, since 1985 (Dunlap had already taken the captaincy from Davis in 1996 and given it to Brett Maher). The club decided that they would rather keep the still well performing Davis than Dunlap and just prior to his return to the US for his fathers funeral, it was mutually agreed that Dunlap's time in Adelaide was over.[5]

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 from which they never recovered. They ultimately finished 21-61, the second-worst record in the NBA. On April 23, 2013, the Bobcats announced that Dunlap had been fired.[6] Several team sources told The Charlotte Observer that Dunlap had been ousted in part because his often heavy-handed coaching style rubbed the players the wrong way. Before a February game, Dunlap got into a verbal altercation with Ben Gordon that drew national attention. He was also known to bench players for several games as punishment for poor performance. According to president of basketball operations Rod Higgins, the players' negative reviews of Dunlap in their postseason exit interviews were "part of the process, but not the only indicator" that Dunlap needed to go.[7] Reportedly, the players complained not only about Dunlap's "snappish" demeanor, but about occasionally conducting practices that lasted for several hours.[8]

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
Charlotte 2012–13 82 21 61 .256 4th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 82 21 61 .256


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
Adelaide 36ers 1994 26 18 8 .692 4th 7 4 3 .571 Grand Finalist
Adelaide 36ers 1995 26 17 9 .654 4th 5 2 3 .400 Semi-finals
Adelaide 36ers 1996 26 16 10 .615 6th 5 2 3 .400 Semi-finals
Career 78 51 27 .654 17 8 9 .471


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Cal Lutheran Kingsmen (NCAA Division II independent) (1989–1991)
1989–90 Cal Lutheran 5–21
1990–91 Cal Lutheran 14–12
Cal Lutheran Kingsmen (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1991–1994)
1991–92 Cal Lutheran 16–12 11–3 1st NCAA D-III Sectional
1992–93 Cal Lutheran 20–7 12–2 T–1st NCAA D-III Regional
1993–94 Cal Lutheran 25–3 12–2 1st NCAA D-III Sectional
Cal Lutheran: 80–55 (.593) 35–7 (.833)
Metro State Roadrunners (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1997–2006)
1997–98 Metro State 25–5 16–3 1st (East) NCAA D-II Tournament
1998–99 Metro State 28–6 15–4 T–1st (East) NCAA D-II Runner–Up
1999–00 Metro State 33–4 17–2 1st (East) NCAA D-II Champion
2000–01 Metro State 23–7 14–5 3rd (East) NCAA D-II First Round
2001–02 Metro State 29–6 16–3 2nd (East) NCAA D-II Champion
2002–03 Metro State 28–5 16–3 2nd (East) NCAA D-II Second Round
2003–04 Metro State 32–3 19–0 1st (East) NCAA D-II Final Four
2004–05 Metro State 29–4 16–3 T–1st (East) NCAA D-II Elite Eight
2005–06 Metro State 21–10 13–6 3rd (East) NCAA D-II First Round
Metro State: 248–50 (.832) 142–29 (.830)
Loyola Marymount Lions (West Coast Conference) (2014–present)
2014–15 Loyola Marymount 8–23 4–14 T–9th
2015–16 Loyola Marymount 14–17 6–12 T–7th
2016–17 Loyola Marymount 15–15 8–10 6th
Loyola Marymount: 37–55 (.402) 18–36 (.333)
Total: 365–160 (.695)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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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