Don Dunn
Don Dunn

Director of High School Relations

Third Season

Alma Mater:
East Tennessee State, 1976

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Don Dunn, a veteran coach of 36 years, begins his third season as Texas Tech's director of high school relations.

Dunn previously served 10 years (1998-2008) under Tommy Tuberville at Auburn as a defensive line coach. Dunn has also made coaching stops at Ole Miss, under Tuberville, University of Nevada, Pacific, Montana State, Tennessee and Lees-McRae Junior College, along with five years at the high school level.

His recruiting trail throughout the years has taken him to 17 states to recruit potential student-athletes. During his career Dunn has mentored 10 players who have played professionally.

Dunn spent 10 seasons with the Auburn program after serving as the defensive line coach at fellow Southeastern Conference program Ole Miss from 1995-98.

He served as the co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for one seasons at the University of Nevada following a three-year stint at Pacific, where he was the special teams and defensive line coach along with spending two seasons as the program's co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Dunn was the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coach while at NCAA D-I AA Montana State in Bozeman, from 1985-1990. He broke into the Division I ranks as a graduate assistant defensive line coach/special teams coach/head freshman coach at the University of Tennessee from 1983-1985.

His first collegiate position was at Lees-McRae Junior College in Banner Elk, N.C., where he spent three seasons (1980-83) serving as the assistant coach overseeing the offensive and defensive line, special teams and taking on recruiting coordinator duties.

Dunn began his career at the high school level from 1976-1980, at Holston High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) and David Crockett High School (Jonesboro, Tenn.) where he was a health and physical education teacher and served as the strength coach from 1977-1980.

He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association, Mississippi Coaches Association, the Alabama Coaches Association and Texas Coaches Association.

Dunn earned an associate's degree from Lees-McRae Junior College in 1973. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education from East Tennessee State in 1976 before graduating with a master's degree in secondary education from Union College in 1980.

Don and his wife, Dona, have a son, Jonathan.

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