Jan. 25, 2007
Marshall University head football coach Mark Snyder announced the hiring of Steve Dunlap as the Thundering Herd's new defensive coordinator Thursday.
Dunlap, a native of Hurricane, W.Va., joins the Marshall football staff after serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at North Carolina State (2005-06). Under his guidance, the 2005 Wolfpack ranked 8th in the nation in total defense (298.6 yards per game). He also coached three first-round NFL Draft picks, including defensive end Mario Williams who was the #1 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
"We are excited to have someone of Steve's caliber and experience to lead our defense," Snyder said. "He is a West Virginia native and it is great to have him coming home to be a part of the Marshall Football family."
During his career, Dunlap has coached in 14 bowl games, including two national championship games (the 1989 Fiesta Bowl and the 1993 Sugar Bowl). He also directed a defense that was ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1996. Following that season he was named a finalist for the inaugural Frank Broyles Award which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I-A assistant coach.
"It has basically been 35 years since I have been home and I am excited about the opportunity to be the defensive coordinator at Marshall University," Dunlap said.
Prior to his time at N.C. State, Dunlap worked as an assistant coach at Syracuse University from 2001 to 2004 where he served as linebackers coach (2001-2004), assistant head coach (2002-03) and defensive coordinator (2004).
Dunlap spent 17 years as an assistant at West Virginia under College Football Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen, including 10 as the Mountaineer defensive coordinator (1991-2000). During that period he worked specifically with the inside linebackers (1984-86, 1993-2000), and defensive backs (1987-92). West Virginia produced .500-or-better records in 12 of those years and made 10 bowl appearances. In addition, Dunlap coached 15 players who earned first-team all-conference honors and All-American defensive back Bo Orlando at WVU.
A three-year letter winner at inside linebacker for West Virginia, Dunlap played for current Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden in Morgantown. He was a member of the 1975 WVU squad that defeated North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl, 13-10. He set school records for season total tackles (190) and tackles in a game (28 vs. Boston College) that still stand. He also ranks 10th all-time in career tackles at WVU with 359.
After earning his bachelor's degree from WVU in 1977, Dunlap worked as a graduate assistant and then part-time coach at his alma-mater from 1977-81. He was the defensive line coach at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1982-83.
He and his wife, Wendy, have two children, Matthew (a junior at WVU) and Megan.
Dunlap's Coaching History
Defensive Line (1982-83)
West Virginia University
Defensive Coordinator (1991-2000); Inside linebackers (1984-86, 1993-2000); Defensive Backs (1987-92); Part-time Assistant (1978-81); Graduate Assistant (1976-78)
Defensive Coordinator (2004); Assistant Head Coach (2002-03); Linebackers (2001-04)
North Carolina State University
Defensive Coordinator (2005-06); Linebackers (2005-06)
As a player: 1972 and 1975 Peach
As a coach: 1981 Peach; 1984 Bluebonnet; 1987 Sun; 1989 Fiesta; 1989 Gator; 1993 Sugar; 1995 Carquest; 1997 Gator; 1997 Carquest, 1998 Insight.com; 2000 Music City; 2001 Insight.com; 2004 Champs Sports Bowl; 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl.