With 37 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, Dunn comes to WKU after spending three seasons as the director of high school relations at Texas Tech on Tommy Tuberville's staff, after spending 10 seasons on staff with Tuberville at Auburn as the defensive line coach. Dunn will oversee the defensive tackle position at WKU, while current assistant coach L.D. Scott will now coach the defensive ends.
"Don Dunn will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff here at WKU," Petrino said. "We are very fortunate to be able to hire someone with his experience and knowledge, especially from a defensive line standpoint. He has made a positive impact everywhere he has been throughout his career, and I can't wait to see the impact he will have on our student-athletes here at WKU."
Aside from his coaching stops at Texas Tech and Auburn, Dunn has also put time in as an assistant coach at Ole Miss, Nevada, Pacific, Montana State, Tennessee and Lees-McRae Junior College, while also coaching five years at the high school level.
During his time coaching the defensive line at Auburn, Dunn helped the Tigers rank sixth in the nation in scoring defense in 2005 and seventh in 2006, while leading the nation in scoring defense in 2004. Dunn also helped lead Auburn to a berth in the Sugar Bowl in 2005, which is one of 13 bowl games that Dunn has been associated with during his collegiate coaching career.
Prior to his time at Auburn, Dunn served as the defensive line coach at Ole Miss from 1995-98.
Dunn also has defensive coordinator experience at the college ranks, serving as the co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for one season at the University of Nevada following a three-year stint at Pacific, where he was the special teams and defensive line coach along with spending two seasons as the program's co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
Dunn was the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coach while at Montana State from 1985-1990 after initially making his way into the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee from 1983-1985 and at Lees-McRae Junior College in Banner Elk, N.C., where he spent three seasons (1980-83) serving as an assistant coach overseeing the offensive and defensive line, special teams and taking on recruiting coordinator duties.
Dunn began his career at the high school level from 1976-1980 at Holston High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) and David Crockett High School (Jonesboro, Tenn.) where he was a health and physical education teacher and served as the strength coach from 1977-1980.
Dunn earned an associate's degree from Lees-McRae Junior College in 1973. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education from East Tennessee State in 1976 before graduating with a master's degree in secondary education from Union College in 1980.
Don and his wife, Dona, have a son, Jonathan.
Lees-McRae Junior College (N.C.) (1971-73), East Tennessee State (1973-74)
1976: David Crockett High School, Jonesboro, Tenn. (Assistant)
1977-79: Holston High School, Knoxville, Tenn. (Assistant)
1980-82: Lees-McRae Junior College (Assistant)
1983-84: Tennessee (Graduate Assistant- Defensive Line)
1985-89: Montana State (Defensive Line, Recruiting Coordinator)
1990-93: Pacific (Defensive Line (1990-91)/Assistant Head Coach, Co-Defensive Coordinator (1992-93)
1994: Nevada-Reno (Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line)
1995-98: Mississippi (Defensive Tackles)
1999-2008: Auburn (Defensive Tackles)
2009-12: Texas Tech (Director of High School Relations)