Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Kasey Dunn
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 12, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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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.



            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 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 

Bowl eligible