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Kasey Dunn
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/12/2006
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Fourth Year at Arizona

15 Years in Coaching

?* Coached UA’s Mike Bell to a third consecutive 900-yard season and No. 4 status on Arizona’s all-time rushing chart with 3,163 yards. Bell became the first Wildcat to lead the team in rushing all four of his seasons.

 

?* Led the rushing attack to a six-year high with 315 yards rushing against No. 7 UCLA in 2005, an average of 7.3 per click. Bell (153) and Harris (113) each reached the century mark.

  

?* Rose Bowl coach for Washington State in 2002 tilt against Oklahoma

  

?* He was part of the WSU staff that put the program in back-to-back bowls for the first time in school history and started a three-year stretch with 10 or more victories.

 

 ?* Dunn coached two WSU backs to school records, Kevin Brown and Deon Burnett in 1998 and 1999. Brown set the WSU record for a sophomore in posting 1,046 yards, plus rushed for 202 yards against Stanford in 1998. Burnett set the school record for a freshman with 974 yards.

  

?* Coached defensive back Scott McGarrahan of New Mexico, who went on to play the last seven years for three different clubs in the NFL.

  

?* Dunn was a three-time All-America wide receiver at Idaho in 1989-91, and remains the Idaho career record holder for receptions (268) and receiving yards (3,847), which both ranked No. 2 on the NCAA career lists at the time behind Jerry Rice.

  

?* He led the nation with 88 catches as a junior, was third with 85 as a senior and fifth as a sophomore with 73 catches.

  

?* Helped the Vandals win Big Sky titles in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and were 24-12 during his three varsity seasons.

  

?* He played professionally for the Houston Oilers, British Columbia Lions and Edmonton Eskimos in 1992. He caught 20 passes for the Eskimos in 1992 and 1993.

 

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            Dunn’s work with UA running backs the past two seasons has helped establish a consistent running game to augment a new passing attack. His coaching style and knowledge of college football has meshed neatly with coordinator Mike Canales’ game strategies and play calling.

            Dunn, 37, brings a background with coaching staff leadership responsibilities at the Pac-10 level. He has coached on both sides of the ball and has the insight of a former heralded collegiate player, and  professional football experience.

            His senior charges last year, Mike Bell and Gilbert Harris, positioned themselves for a professional future after their two years of work in Dunn’s system. Bell recorded his third consecutive 900-yard year and just missed the 1,000-yard mark after an injury shortened his final game. Harris was the club’s top pass catcher out of the backfield and no less a threat carrying the ball.

            Dunn’s work in 2006 will focus on a pair of lettermen with experience ?- junior tailback Chris Henry and sophomore fullback Brandon Lopez ?- a group of young players with a year of apprenticeship, plus an incoming group of true freshmen.

 

Dunn’s Coaching history

1993    Idaho, Volunteer coach, Wide receivers

1994    University of San Diego, Tight ends/receivers coach

1995    Idaho, Cornerbacks coach

1996    New Mexico, Cornerbacks coach

1997    New Mexico, Cornerbacks coach

1998    Washington State, Running backs coach

1999    Washington State, Running backs coach/ST coordinator

2000    Washington State, Running backs coach/ST coordinator

2001    Washington State, assistant head coach, RB/ST coordinator

2002    Washington State, assistant head coach, RB/ST coordinator

2003    Texas Christian, Cornerbacks coach

2004    Arizona, Running backs coach

2005    Arizona, Running backs coach

2006    Arizona, Running backs coach

Dunn in The Postseason

1988    NCAA I-AA Playoffs, Idaho wide receiver (3 rounds)

1989    NCAA I-AA Playoffs, Idaho wide receiver

1990    NCAA I-AA Playoffs, Idaho wide receiver (2 rounds)

1993    NCAA I-AA Playoffs, Idaho volunteer, receivers (3 rounds)

1995    NCAA-I-AA Playoffs, Idaho cornerbacks coach

1997    Insight.com Bowl, New Mexico cornerbacks coach

2001    Sun Bowl, Washington State assistant head coach, RBs/ST

2002    Rose Bowl (2003), Washington State assistant head coach

2003    Fort Worth Bowl, TCU cornerbacks coach

The Dunn File

Birthdate:                July 22, 1969, San Diego, Calif.

High School:           North Kitsap High School, Poulsbo, Wash., 1987

College:                  Idaho, 1992

Family:                   Wife Janelle; daughters Kayla and Lauren

Playing Experience: University of Idaho, receiver, 1987-91

Recruiting Areas:     San Diego and Orange Counties, Colorado 

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