Mike Dunlap

American basketball coach

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Mike Dunlap
Milwaukee Bucks
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1957-05-27) May 27, 1957 (age 64)
Fairbanks, Alaska
Career information
Coaching career1980–present
Career history
As coach:
1980–1985Loyola Marymount (assistant)
1985–1986Iowa (assistant)
1986–1989USC (assistant)
1989–1994Cal Lutheran
1994–1996Adelaide 36ers
1997–2006Metro State
20062008Denver Nuggets (assistant)
2008–2009Arizona (assistant)
2009–2010Oregon (assistant)
2010–2012St. John's (assistant)
2012–2013Charlotte Bobcats
2014–2020Loyola Marymount
2020–presentMilwaukee Bucks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As assistant coach:

Michael Gregory Dunlap (born May 27, 1957) is an American professional basketball coach who serves as assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was inducted into the 2011 MSU Denver's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Dunlap is the former head coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.[1]


Dunlap served three seasons in Australia (1994–1996) as head coach of the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League. 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.[2]

He served as head coach at Metro State in Denver (1997–2006). As the leader of the Metro State Roadrunners Dunlap led the program to 2 National Championships in the 2000 and 2002 seasons. As the Architect of the greatest years in the Roadrunner history he was named The National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the year in 2000 and 2002. He was assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets (2006–2008). He served as associate head coach at the University of Arizona (2008–2009) and the University of Oregon (2009–2010), and was interim head coach and associate head coach at St. John's University (2010–2012).[3]

In the 2011–12 NBA season the Charlotte Bobcats record was an NBA worst ever 7–59. Dunlap joined the team on June 20, 2012. In the early part of the 2012–13 season, the Bobcats had a 7–5 record, with Charlotte matching its win total from the previous season. However, at that point they suffered many injuries but despite playing many younger players were still considered one of the hardest-playing and toughest teams to beat in the league. They ultimately finished 21–61. Dunlap became the only coach in NBA history to triple a team's win total from the previous season. On April 23, 2013, the Bobcats announced that Dunlap would not be returning as coach.[4] Dunlap's patience and teaching laid a foundation that would lead the Charlotte Organization to the playoffs the next season.

Dunlap joined Loyola Marymount as head coach in 2014.[5] During his tenure at Loyola Marymount, Dunlap saw steady growth in the Lions from an (8–23) team in the 2014–15 season to a modest (15–15) by 2016–17. In the 2018–19 season Dunlap lead the lions to a 22-win season. They were crowned The Champions of the Jamaica Classic, where they upset Georgetown University. The 2018–2019 season culminated in an appearance in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational. This is the third best record in the history of the program. With a very impressive group of returning players and a good incoming recruiting class, the 2019–20 season appeared to be bright. Season-ending injuries to 2 starters and a tragedy in another starter's family made Dunlap and the Lions play short-handed during the entire 2019–20 season. LMU and Dunlap agreed to part ways after six seasons on March 8, 2020.[6] Dunlap finished his career at his alma mater with 81 total wins, which is fifth-most all-time in program history. Dunlap interjected life and built a foundation into a program that had been downtrodden for many years. He restored and rebuilt every facet of his alma mater.

On November 17, 2020, Dunlap was hired as an assistant coach by the Milwaukee Bucks.[7] Dunlap won his first championship when the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in 6 games in the 2021 NBA Finals.

Coaching record


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs 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 %
Playoffs 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


Statistics overview
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) (2014–2020)
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
2017–18 Loyola Marymount 11–20 5–13 8th
2018–19 Loyola Marymount 22–12 8–8 T–5th CBI Semifinal
2019–20 Loyola Marymount 11–21 4–12 8th Postseason not held
Loyola Marymount: 81–108 (.429) 35–69 (.337)
Total: 409–213 (.658)

      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


  1. ^ "Mike Dunlap Hired by Charlotte Bobcats".
  2. ^ Ex-NBL Coach Mike Dunlap to coach Charlotte Bobcats
  3. ^ Mike Dunlap Profile – St. John's University Official Athletic Site Archived June 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Accessed April 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Dunlap Will Not Return as Head Coach of Charlotte Bobcats
  5. ^ Borzello, Jeff (March 12, 2014). "Loyola Marymount hires Mike Dunlap as new head coach". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "LMU Ways with Dunlap, Begins Search for Men's Basketball Head Coach". lmulions.com. March 8, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "Bucks Hire Mike Dunlap and Josh Oppenheimer as Assistant Coaches". NBA.com. November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.

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