NCAA Football Championship bid hopes still alive on Senior Day
Dukes tied for first in NEC with Albany
Battle of second and third place teams in the NEC
Dukes host Seahawks Saturday at 12:10 pm
Gary Dunn, who served as offensive coordinator for 11 of his final 14 seasons at Morehead State, is in his fifth season as Duquesne's offensive coordinator.
Dunn's first edition of the DU offense produced 397.6 yards and 30.4 points per game in helping the team to an NEC co-Championship in 2011. Running back Larry McCoy finished ninth nationally in rushing yards per game (125.6) and quarterback Sean Patterson finished with 2,011 yards passing, 23 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in the Dukes' balanced attack.
In 2012, the DU offense once again led by McCoy and Patterson averaged 27.1 points and 357.9 yards per game.
In 2013, Duquesne had the top passing attack in the NEC with the Dukes passing for 237.0 yards per game.
Last season, the Red and Blue once again led the conference in passing with 251.2 yards per game with Chris King ranking sixth in the nation with 14 touchdown receptions.
Dunn, who also worked with the offensive line at Morehead State, coached three All-Americans and 21 first team All-Pioneer Football League players, in guiding an Eagles offense that regularly ranked among the nation's Football Championship Subdivision leaders in numerous NCAA statistical categories.
In 2000, MSU led the nation in both scoring and total offense. The 2005, Eagles ranked 12th in total offense (433 ypg.) and 18th in scoring offense (33.9) and in 2010 Morehead finished 10th nationally in passing offense at 270 yards per game.
Dunn attended Pittsburgh's Seton-La Salle High School where he played for former Dukes head coach Greg Gattuso. He then went on the California University of Pennsylvania where he was a four-year starter and all-conference performer at center. He began his coaching career at Cal starting as a student assistant in 1994 and finishing as a graduate assistant in 1997.
Dunn went from Cal to Morehead State as offensive line/tight ends coach and also served as special teams coordinator. He assumed offensive coordinator responsibilities prior to the 2000 season. In his first two years at MSU, the Eagles put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1970 & 1971. He was part of a 2002 coaching staff that helped produce a school record nine wins (9-3-0).
His recruiting area while at Morehead State included southwest Pennsylvania, southwest Ohio and central Kentucky. Among the three All-Americans he coached was Pittsburgh Schenley High School product David Dinkins who set or tied 19 school records at MSU from 1998-00.
Dunn earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1995 and completed his master's in geography and regional planning in 1997, both from California, Pa. He and his wife, Melissa, have one daughter, Sydney.