Men's Basketball

Mike Dunlap
Mike  Dunlap

Fairbanks, AK

Last College:
LMU, '80

Head Coach

1st Season


Season Concludes With Tourney Setback

Evan Payne poured in 29 points but it was not enough to overcome a hot-shooting Bronco squad.


An Overtime Comeback Winner

Men's basketball does it again on the road, erasing an 11-point deficit to claim a 76-71 overtime win at Pacific.


Putback at Buzzer Lifts Lions

Evan Payne grabbed a rebound and scored at the buzzer as Lions erased 17-point deficit to claim road win.


Experience, Three The Difference

In a game that featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes, men's basketball falls to Boise State in final game of LMU Classic.


A Win in Dunlap Opener

Lions shoot 52 percent and out-rebound SE Missouri State by 13 to earn season-opening win.


MBB | MIke'd Up Starts Week of Madness

The 2014-15 college basketball season officially began last week and the LMU men's basketball team hit the Gersten Pavilion court for a full week of practice. LMU Sports Network was there with the first version of it's inside look on LMU basketball with its series Mike'D Up. LMUSN put a microphone on new Head Coach Mike Dunlap as the Lions continue its opening week of practice.


MBB | Tip-off Signals Start of Season

For the last 19 years, the start of the college basketball season in Southern California has been made known thanks to the Los Angeles Athletic Club Wooden Award Tipoff Luncheon. On Wednesday, it was no different as the annual luncheon recognized the 13 NCAA Division I programs in Southern California.


MBB | Spain Recap with Coach Dunlap

It has been a little more than a week since the LMU men's basketball team returned from Spain, hitting the ground full speed as the first week of fall classes are in the books. The LMU Sports Network caught up with Head Coach Mike Dunlap to talk about the trip and it's impact on the team heading into the 2014-15 season.


MBB | A Global Reach

Showing its reach across the globe, LMU continued its tour while sending back some well wishes as they spent their final day in Madrid before flying to Barcelona on Sunday morning. The Lions had a full pre game practice, followed by the coaches participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then took on the Angola National Team, who is participating in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.


MBB | A Life-long Calling

From the time he was a pup, Mike Dunlap knew he was going to be a coach. In March, he returned to his alma mater to lead the LMU men's basketball program. He is the fifth and final Inside the Lions feature looking at the new basketball staff.


MBB | WCC Tournament First Round

Santa Clara 85, LMU 54


MBB | LMU at Pepperdine

West Coast Conference season finale from Malibu.


MBB | LMU vs. Santa Clara

Senior Day 2015 at Gersten Pavilion


MBB | LMU at Portland

West Coast Conference action at Chiles Center in Portland, Ore.


MBB | LMU at Gonzaga

West Coast Conference action from McCarthey Athletic Center

Recent Headlines:

  • Los Angeles Times - Nov. 4, 2014
  • - Nov. 1, 2014
  • Eye on College Basketball - Oct. 22, 2014

    Loyola Marymount University Athletics Director Dr. William Husak announced on March 12, 2014, that Mike Dunlap, a 1980 graduate of LMU, has been hired as the 26th head coach of the men's basketball program. Dunlap returns to the Westchester campus with more than 30 years of college and NBA coaching experience.

    "Mike Dunlap absolutely elevates every player and team he comes into contact with. 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."
    George Karl - NBA Coach of The Year

    "I am very excited at the prospect of Mike Dunlap leading the Lions into the future," said Husak. "Mike brings to the position a wealth of experience both as a head coach and as an assistant working under and with some of the best coaches in the collegiate and professional basketball world."

    "I love the challenge of coming to LMU, and love the fact I am going back home," said Dunlap. "I am really comfortable with the Southern California and Northern California student-athlete that is going to end up at LMU, and I think this is a great fit."

    Known for his player development and on-the-floor coaching, Dunlap was most recently the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats for the 2012-2013 season, becoming the first coach in NBA history to win three times as many games as the year before. He also spent time with the Denver Nuggets, recently served as a top assistant at Arizona, Oregon, and St. John's, and won a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo. He began coaching right after graduating from LMU and he brings that experience back home.

    "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."
    Steve Lavin - St. Johns Head Coach

    "His reputation is founded on being an outstanding player development coach and a game strategist of the highest level," said Husak. "I would think that any player we currently have in our program or is committed to LMU would want to have the opportunity to develop and play under Mike Dunlap's tutelage. His former players and coaches who have worked with him have provided me with anecdotes and feedback that their experience playing for and working with Mike was rewarding and transforming."

    Before arriving in Charlotte, Dunlap spent six years as an assistant coach in the professional and college ranks. Prior to his work as an assistant, he spent nine seasons as the head coach at Metro State, leading his teams to the national titles in 2000 and 2002 while earning NABC Division II Coach of the Year honors in both of those seasons. Coach Dunlap, whose teams went to the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine seasons, posted an overall record of 248-50 (.832), winning five Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles.

    "The key to my journey back to Loyola Marymount is that I have gained the experience that allows this to be the perfect time to fit in at LMU," said Dunlap. "The reason I am excited about the fit right now is that the right administration and student-athlete are in place. Max Good and his staff have put in a very solid foundation and leaves us with a very solid situation, and it just makes sense for me to come back to LMU. This is the right time to be here."

    "Coach Dunlap came and built upon what my father had already done in my life. He ushered a lot of us into adulthood with his values of hard work and commitment and honesty. The things he preached to us back then, he still abides by those principles."
    Patrick Mutombo - Former player at Metro State, NBA Asst.

    In 2006, Coach Dunlap left Metro State to become an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets under George Karl. In two seasons with the Nuggets, he helped the team to a 95-69 record that included a 50-win season in 2007-08, the team's first in 23 years.

    "No coach or coaching staff can expect their players to develop without hard work in the gym," said Dunlap. "Whether that is in the gym to watch and recruit a player, or being on the floor with the players. Being in the gym with the players is my favorite part. That is where development happens. It is a time-related endeavor."

    Dunlap then spent the 2008-09 season as associate head coach at the University of Arizona under legendary coach Lute Olson and the 2009-10 season as associate head coach on Ernie Kent's staff at the University of Oregon before joining Steve Lavin at St. John's in 2010. During the 2011-12 season, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the team and served as acting head coach in all but four games while Lavin recovered from surgery to treat prostate cancer.

    "Mike's recruiting network, both nationally and internationally, is extensive. He understands the type of basketball player we need to be successful in the WCC," said Husak. "He also appreciates what the academic challenges are at LMU as well as the expectation for recruiting athletes of high character and integrity. The reason that he understands is because he is an alum, who was a former player and coach for the Lions. It is great to have an alum leading the Lions. Mike Dunlap's arrival as our head coach indeed signals that he is the right person to lead our program for years to come."

    Dunlap's previous head coaching experience also includes three seasons with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia's National Basketball League and five seasons at California Lutheran University. From 1994-97, he led the 36ers to a 59-33 record (.641) and three straight appearances in the NBL Final Four, including advancing to the Grand Final game in 1995.

    "He is one of the outstanding minds in the game. His strengths are in organization and on-the-floor coaching."
    Lute Olson - Legendary former Coach of University of Arizona

    Before going to Australia, Dunlap was head coach at Division III California Lutheran from 1989-94, where his teams posted an 80-54 record (.597) and won three straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles from 1992-94, while also advancing to the Sweet 16 in 1992 and 1994.

    "The life blood of any program is recruiting, and I feel I can go into New York, California, Australia, all over the world and have a chance to recruit players," said Dunlap. "My background not only allows me to recruit but to compete against the best coaches in the world, from the NBA to college. I have been fortunate to be a part of every level of basketball in the US and that background is going to help."

    His college coaching experience also includes five seasons with the Lions (1980-85), one season at the University of Iowa (1985-86) and three seasons at the University of Southern California (1986-89).

    Dunlap has had several articles published nationally, including: "Shooting: The Simple Approach" (1990), "The Free Throw" (1990), "Let Your Feet Do the Talking" (1989), "Motion Offense" (1987) and "Basic Framework for Achieving Academic Eligibility for Your Players" (1987).

    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 have three children. An avid runner, Dunlap has a 100-mile race to his credit.

    The Dunlap File

    Coaching Experience
    1980-85 LMU, Assistant Coach
    1985-86 University of Iowa, Graduate Assistant
    1986-89 Southern California, Assistant Coach
    1989-94 California Lutheran, Head Coach
    1994-97 Adelaide 36ers, Head Coach
    1997-06 Metropolitan State College of Denver, Head Coach
    2006-08 Denver Nuggets, Assistant Coach
    2008-09 University of Arizona, Associate Head Coach
    2009-10 University of Oregon, Associate Head Coach
    2010-12 St. John's University, Assistant Coach
    2012-13 Charlotte Bobcats, Head Coach
    Playing Experience
    1976-78 Pierce College
    1979-80 LMU
    Education: Pierce College (1978), A.A. in Science
    Loyola Marymount (1980), B.A. in English
    Date of Birth: May 27, 1957 in Fairbanks, Alaska
    Family: Wife - Mollie Busterud Dunlap. Children: Holt, Spencer and Ellie

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