Mike Dunbar brings over 25 years of coaching experience to NM State, along with his high-powered style of football as he begins his first season with the Aggies.
Dunbar was recently at the University of Minnesota as the GoldenGophers’ assistant head coach/offensive coordinator from 2007-08.
Dunbar directed the Minnesota offense, which set a school record for pass completions (262) and had the second-most passing yards (2,949) in school history in 2007. The Gopher pass offense improved from fifth to third in the Big Ten during Dunbar’s first season. He guided Minnesota freshman quarterback Adam Weber to third-team Freshman All-America and Freshman All-Big Ten honors, as the Gopher signal-caller set new school records for season pass completions (258), attempts (449), yards (2,895) and touchdown passes (24). Weber ranked second in the nation among freshman quarterbacks in passing yards per game (241.2) and passing touchdowns.
Prior to Minnesota, Dunbar was the offensive coordinator at Cal. During Dunbar’s stint at Cal, the Golden Bears ranked 12th in the nation in total offense in 2006 and were ranked among the top 35 in the country in both passing offense (17th) and rushing offense (33rd). The Bears’ offense averaged 32.8 points per game in 2006, which was 11th in the nation.
As offensive coordinator at Northwestern, Dunbar helped the Wildcats to a ranking of fourth in the country in total offense (500.3 ypg) in 2005, becoming only the second team ever in the Big Ten to generate at least 500 yards per game. He tutored Northwestern quarterback Brett Basanez, who set 30 Northwestern offensive records and finished second in Big Ten history to Drew Brees in career passing yards (10,580), total offense (11,576) and completions (913). Under Dunbar, Basanez set Northwestern season records for passing yards (3,622), total offense (4,027), completions (314) and touchdown passes (21.) Dunbar’s offense set Sun Bowl records for total yards (584) and first downs (33) in 2005 against UCLA.
Prior to Northwestern, Dunbar was the head football coach at Northern Iowa from 1997-00. During his time with the Panthers, the football team posted a record of 29-15.
While at the University of Toledo from 1992-96, the Rockets set 21 offensive school records and went 11-0-1 with a Las Vegas Bowl victory in 1995 with Dunbar as offensive coordinator. The Rockets posted a 36-18-2 record during his five seasons.
As the head coach at Central Washington from 1987-91, Dunbar was named Columbia Football Association Coach of the Year and the Kodak Region I Coach of the Year three times. His Central Washington teams earned two No. 1 national rankings and in 1991, extended a regular-season win streak to 40 games, finishing 9-0. The Wildcats were also ranked among the NAIA Top 20 each year during his five-year stay.
Dunbar owns a career record of 83-24-1 as a collegiate head coach.
The Dunbar File
Full Name: Mike Dunbar
Birthdate: Dec. 31, 1948
Children: Troy and Lori
B.A. in Education
M.A. in Education
Asst. Head Coach/Off. Coord.
Tight Ends/H-Backs/Special Teams
Northern Iowa (1997-00)
Asst. Head Coach/Off. Coord.
Central Washington (1987-91)
2006- Holiday Bowl (California)
2005 - Sun Bowl (Northwestern)
2003 - Motor City Bowl (Northwestern)
1995 - Las Vegas Bowl (Toledo)