July 15, 2011
Metropolitan State University of Denver
College honors 2011-12 Hall of Fame class Mike Dunlap
A former Denver Nuggets’ assistant coach will soon join the ranks of distinguished competitors who have contributed to the strong basketball tradition at Metropolitan StateCollege of Denver.
Director of Athletics Joan McDermott has named four individuals and one team to the College’s 2011-12 Hall of Fame class. “The 2011 class recognizes some of the most accomplished basketball individuals and one of the greatest teams to come through Metro State,” she says. “We are excited for our inductees and look forward to bringingeveryone back together to see all of the exciting changes to our campus.”
The 2001-02 men’s basketball national championship team and former women’s players Stephanie Allen (1996-2000) and Natasha Molock (2001-2005) will be inducted on Aug. 13 along with former Metro State Vice President of Administration Joseph Arcese and Mike Dunlap, who served as head coach from 1997-2006.
Dunlap guided Metro State to two national championships, four Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season championships, six RMAC Tournament championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances in nine seasons.
He was also assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets under head coach George Karl, leading the Nuggets to two NBA playoff appearances and a record of 95-69 (.579) during his stint.
McDermott said honoring both Dunlap and Arcese in the same class speaks to their joint efforts to advance the program.
“Joe Arcese provided the vision and leadership to propel Metro State athletics into one of the proudest and most successful NCAA Division II programs in the country. We havebeen waiting for the right opportunity to honor Joe, and we decided that he and Mike Dunlap had such an effective and triumphant working relationship that it would be great to honor them together,” she says
Read more about the contributions of the honorees, who will join the existing 41 members and six teams in the College’s Hall of Fame
Fans and friends of the Athletic Department are invited to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony at 5 p.m. at the PE Event Center on Saturday, Aug. 13. Please visit www.GoMetroState.com to RSVP and purchase tickets to the event.
Free parking will be available.