Basketball Staff Back to Full Strength

Jerry Dunn, a college basketball coaching veteran of 26 years, has been named assistant basketball coach at West Virginia University, Mountaineer head coach John Beilein announced today. Dunn replaces Mike Jones, who left last month for an assistant position at Georgia.

"I believe one of the primary reasons for my success in coaching has been the quality of assistants that we've had," says Beilein. "Jerry is obviously no exception in that category. He has coached and won against the best coaches not only in the NCAA, but in the world. With Jerry joining our program, I know we'll enhance the knowledge and experience of our staff."

Dunn comes to WVU after spending the last 20 years at Penn State, including the previous eight years as head coach of the Nittany Lions. Dunn was named the 10th head coach in program history on September 6, 1995, after spending the previous 12 seasons as a Penn State assistant coach under Bruce Parkhill.

"This is a great opportunity for me to work for an outstanding coach and person in John Beilein as well as the impressive staff that he has put together at West Virginia University," says Dunn. "He is well respected as a person and outstanding tactician in the world of college basketball. It's a great privilege for me to have the opportunity to work at WVU with its basketball program."

As a head coach at Penn State, four of Dunn's teams reached postseason play, with appearances in the 1996 and 2001 NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2001. The Nittany Lions advanced to the NIT Championship game in 1998 and the NIT semifinals in 2000.

Dunn became the fastest coach in Penn State history to reach 50 and 100 career victories. He posted 13 wins over Top 25 teams, including seven versus Top 10 and three versus Top 5 squads. Dunn compiled a 117-121 overall record during his eight seasons as head coach.

Dunn joined Parkhill's staff in 1982-83 and spent 12 years as an assistant coach. He previously had served as a volunteer, part-time and full-time assistant coach at George Mason from 1977-83.

Dunn also served as head coach of the 2001 USA Basketball Team that won the bronze medal at the World University Games in China and was an assistant coach of the 1999 USA Basketball 21-and-under squad that won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in Portugal.

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Dunn is a 1981 graduate of George Mason with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He played basketball at Casper (Wyo.) Junior College, earning an associate degree, before heading to George Mason.

Dunn is married to the former Gwendolyn Phillips. They have a son, Taylor and two daughters, Nichole and Morgan.

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