|Alma Mater:||Northern Colorado|
Now entering his fifth season, Terry Dunn is gradually building up the Dartmouth men’s basketball program after an impressive turnaround during the 2004-05 campaign, his first year at the helm.
Dunn coached Dartmouth to the second-best turnaround in Ivy League history as the Big Green went from a 1-13 mark in 2003-04 to a 7-7 record in 2004-05. With a balanced team that included four seniors, Dunn crafted a triumph over Princeton (snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Tigers), a five-game Ivy win streak in February and a season-opening victory over Quinnipiac. Two years ago, Dartmouth erased another streak by sweeping games with Princeton for the first time since 1945-46.
A proven recruiter, Dunn was named the 26th coach of Dartmouth men’s basketball on May 13, 2004 after serving as an assistant coach at Colorado for eight years (1996-2004). His four-year record with the Big Green is 35-74 and 18-38 in the Ivy League.
In 2007-08, Dunn led the Big Green to just its second 10-win season in the past nine years, both occurring during his tenure. He has guided the career of Alex Barnett ’09 from one with promising talent and athleticism into the most explosive player in the Ivy League as the conference’s leading returning scorer and rebounder.
During his time at Colorado, Dunn helped guide the Buffaloes to three appearances in the NIT and two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Recognized as both a tenacious recruiter and a strong tactician, Dunn coached NBA first round draft pick Chauncey Billups and was actively involved in recruiting NBA second-round draft pick Jaquay Walls to Colorado. Dunn’s experience in developing post players also benefited 7-0 David Harrison, who was taken in the 2004 NBA draft as the 29th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers.
Prior to working as the Buffaloes’ top assistant, Dunn was an assistant coach at Colorado State from 1994-96, helping to lead the Rams to an 18-12 season and a spot in the NIT in 1996. His duties included recruiting, on-floor technical work, and scouting. In 1990-91, Dunn began his collegiate coaching career at Army before moving on to Air Force for three seasons from 1991-94.
A native of Raleigh, N.C., the 54-year old Dunn is a 1977 graduate of Northern Colorado, where he was a three-year letterwinner in basketball and track and field. During his senior season, Dunn established the Bears’ 110-meter high hurdle record of 14.3 seconds and he was a second team Academic All-America honoree.
Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Dunn was the head coach at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs from 1982-90. He also served as athletic/activities director and dean of students.
Dunn hails from a coaching family. His twin brother, Jerry, is an assistant coach at the University of Michigan and former head coach at Penn State. Dunn and his wife, Gilda, are the parents of two children, daughter Tara and son Arin. Arin is a junior on the men’s basketball team at Colorado State University.