"I'm extremely excited for Terry," said Patton. "He has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and it's great to see him get his shot at being a head coach. Terry will do great things at Dartmouth."
Prior to working as the Buffaloes' top assistant, Dunn was an assistant coach at Colorado State from 1994-96, helping to lead the Rams to an 18-12 season and a spot in the NIT in 1996. Dunn began his collegiate coaching career at Army (1989-91) before moving to Air Force for three seasons (1991-94). His twin brother, Jerry, was head coach at Penn State and is currently an assistant at West Virginia.
Terry Dunn, 51, had been one of the prime recruiters for Colorado. He takes over a program that went 3-25 last season under coach Dave Faucher, who resigned after 13 seasons at the helm of the Big Green.
"I'm certainly elated and my family is elated," Dunn said. "We've got a great group of returning players and a strong incoming freshman class and I am excited to work with them. I couldn't be happier right now."
Dartmouth athletic director Josie Harper said Dunn was one of more than 100 applicants for the job.
"Terry brings a great breadth of experience and maturity to the program," said Harper. "He has an impressive resume and has played an instrumental role in rebuilding programs at Colorado and Colorado State."