In what most consider to be a very surprising hire, the Charlotte Bobcats have decided to name Mike Dunlap as head coach after an extensive search that concluded Monday.
Dunlap was an assistant this past year at St. John’s University where he held the head coaching position for a majority of the season while Steve Lavin recovered from surgery due to pancreatic cancer.
Prior to arriving at St. John’s, Dunlap held assistant duties at Arizona and Oregon. He was a head coach at Metropolitan State College of Denver from 1997-2006 where he led the Roadrunners to three national championship appearances, winning two NCAA Division II titles in the process. He also won NCAA Division II Coach of the Year while with the Roadrunners and was inducted into the Metropolitan State College of Denver Hall of Fame in 2011.
Dunlap was an assistant under George Karl with the Nuggets from 2006-08. There is speculation that another former Nuggets assistant, Tim Grgurich, could be joining him in Charlotte, again as an assistant. He is considered to be one of the brightest minds in all of basketball and a specialist of Xs and Os.