"I am excited to have someone with Steve Dunlap's experience and expertise join our staff," said Amato. "He has an aggressive mentality and philosophy that will help us continue to build a defensive powerhouse here in Raleigh."
Dunlap, a 1977 graduate of West Virginia University, has been a collegiate coach for over two decades. Most recently, he served as the defensive coordinator and linebacker for the 2004 Syracuse squad after coaching linebackers since 2001 and serving as assistant head coach in 2002 and 2003.
Prior to his stint at Syracuse, Dunlap spent 17 seasons at West Virginia under Coach Don Nehlen, serving as the defensive coordinator (1991-2000), inside linebackers coach (1984-86, 1993-2000), and defensive backs coach (1987-92).
During his 10 years as the defensive architect in Morgantown, Dunlap tutored 16 All-Big East players. In 1996, the Mountaineer defense ranked first nationally, earning him a spot as a finalist for the Frank Broyles award, given to the top Division I assistant coach in the country. In 1993, WVU's defense helped carry the Mountaineers to a Big East title and a Sugar Bowl berth, where they competed for a share of the national championship.
Dunlap coached the defensive line at Navy in 1982 and 1983, after serving as a part-time assistant and graduate assistant at his alma mater from 1976-81. He has coached in 12 bowl games, including the Peach (1981), Bluebonnet (1984), Sun (1987), Fiesta (1989), Gator (1989, 97), Sugar (1993), Carquest (1995, 97), Insight.com (1998, 2001) and Music City (2000) Bowls.
A native of Hurricane, W.Va., Dunlap was a three-year letterman at inside linebacker under head coach Bobby Bowden at WVU. He collected 359 tackles over three seasons, which still ranks 10th among in the school record books. During the 1974 campaign, he set the Mountaineer single-game (28 against Boston College) and single-season (190) tackle records. As a player, he competed in two Peach Bowls (1972 and 1975).
Dunlap, a 1977 graduate of WVU, and his wife, Wendy, have two children: Megan (15) and Matthew (19). Matthew is a student at West Virginia.