|Coach Dunlap verges on 300th career win||
February 23, 2005
Mike Dunlap is
onto something. In his eighth year as the head coach of the Metro State
men's basketball team and approaching his 300th career win, Dunlap says,
"We've had a lot of success at Metro, which makes life easier wherever
you are." And Dunlap would know: He's coached different teams around
the world and had success with all of them.
Since coming to
Metro in 1997, Dunlap has transformed the program from one in turmoil
(with a 6-21 record in 1995) into one of the powerhouses in all of Division
II basketball. With seven straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including
two national championships and four Final-Four appearances, Dunlap has
posted 219 wins and only 39 losses at Metro. He celebrated his 200th
win at Metro last fall with a victory over Minnesota-Duluth on Nov.
20. His career record is 299-93.
his success to a host of factors, chief among them the recruiting of
good players. "Recruiting is a challenge," he says, "but
when I was hired there was a focus on it that our program needed."
Joan McDermott says, "There's no question, he's the best coach
I've ever been around. And he's one of the best in the country, in any
division. Of course, his record of wins and losses speaks for itself.
But what he does with our student-athletes is amazing. They're students
first, and that's not very common in a coach with his kind of record."
Dunlap gives much of the credit for this year's success to the players. "A lot of my current players have been around for four years, so they're a seasoned group." Seasoned by four years of Mike Dunlap's high expectationsboth on and off the court.
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