Lathrop graduate Mike Dunlap hired as Assistant Coach for Milwaukee Bucks

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 7:45 PM AKST
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The Milwaukee Bucks, of the National Basketball Association, announced the hiring of Fairbanks, Alaska-native Mike Dunlap as an Assistant Coach earlier this week. Dunlap, a 1976 Lathrop High School graduate, has spent the last six seasons as the head coach for Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) Division I program, his alma mater. He has 40 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and became the first Alaskan NBA Head Coach when he took over the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012-13. In addition to Dunlap, the Bucks brought in Josh Oppenheimer as an assistant to join head coach Mike Budenholzer’s staff.

“Mike and Josh have an abundance of coaching experience in the NBA and collegiate levels, exceling in player development and teaching the game,” said Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer in a press release. “They are terrific additions to our coaching staff who will help make our team better.”

Dunlap is known as the first Alaskan to finish their collegiate basketball career at a Division I school when he graduated from LMU in 1980. As a standout basketball and baseball player at Lathrop, Dunlap played third base for the Alaska Goldpanners in the 1970s. Other notable coaching gigs include his time as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets from 2006-2008. He won two NCAA Division II National Championships in 2000 and 2002 at Metropolitan State, becoming the first Alaskan to win an NCAA basketball national championship as a head coach. Dunlap also spent three seasons at the helm for the Adelaide 36ers (Australia) in the National Basketball League (NBL). Other collegiate coaching stops for Dunlap include Cal Lutheran University, the University of Arizona, the University of Oregon and St. John’s University.

With the Bucks, Dunlap will get a chance to coach the league’s back-to-back Most Valuable Player in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee finished the shortened 2019-20 NBA regular season with league’s best record at 56-17.

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