Jerry Dunn

Jerry Dunn (born May 6, 1953)

Teams coached: Penn State Nittany Lions, Tuskegee Golden Tigers
Penn State record: 117-121 (.492)
Tuskegee record^: 52-87 (.374)
Overall record^: 169-208 (.448)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1996, 2001)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (2001)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1998)
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1998)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2014-2019 Tuskegee
2012-2013 New York Knicks (asst)
2007-2010 Michigan (asst)
2003-2007 West Virginia (asst)
1995-2003 Penn State
1983-1995 Penn State (asst)
1977-1983 George Mason (asst)

Jerry Dunn Facts

  • Jerry Michael Dunn
  • Born May 6, 1953
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Alma Mater: George Mason University (BA, 1981)
  • Born in Raleigh, NC and raised in Washington, DC, Dunn first attended Casper College (WY)
    • Injury forced an end to his playing career and he later finished his degree at George Mason back home in DC
    • Started his coaching career there, too, spending three seasons each assisting head coaches John Linn and Joe Harrington
  • First arrived at Penn State in 1983, spending 12 seasons as an assistant under Bruce Parkhill
    • Was a part of four NIT trips and one NCAA Tournament berth (1991), as well as the program’s move to the Big Ten
  • Took over as the Nittany Lions’ head coach in 1995 following Parkhill’s resignation
    • Spent eight seasons at the helm, going 117-121 overall and reaching the postseason three times
      • Finished as NIT Runner-up in 1998 and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2001 (the program’s first since 1955)
    • Won 19+ games in four his first six years, but stepped down in 2003 following back-to-back 7-21 finishes
  • Joined John Beilein‘s staff as an assistant at West Virginia in 2003 and followed him to Michigan in 2007
  • Later spent one season as an assistant with NBA’s New York Knicks, working under head coach Mike Woodson
  • Returned to college coaching in 2014, spending the next five seasons leading Division II Tuskegee (AL)
    • Went 52-87 during his time with the Golden Tigers, failing to reach the postseason
    • Following the 2018-19 season, the school chose not to renew Dunn’s contract as head coach
  • Along with his wife, Gwendolyn, has three children

Jerry Dunn Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels