Dunham Named Assistant Coach at Western Washington University

David Dunham has been named the assistant coach for men’s basketball at Western Washington University, announced head coach Tony Dominguez on Monday.

Dunham, 45, has spent the last three seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. He was previously the top assistant at WCC for 10 seasons, including serving as the associate head coach of the Orcas from 2011-13. Dunham also had a brief stint as WWU’s volunteer assistant coach from May-October 2013 prior to rejoining WCC as the head coach.

“Coach Dunham is the perfect fit for our program,” said fourth-year head coach Tony Dominguez. “He knows our program well and has a wealth of playing and coaching experience. We are excited to have him on board. He will provide an immediate impact with his passion for the game and knowledge of our system.”

Over the last three seasons Dunham led the Orcas to a pair of Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) playoff appearances, including playing in the conference championship game last season falling to Spokane 91-84. Overall he led WCC to a 48-37 record (.565), including a 23-10 mark in 2015-16. In his first year as head coach in 2013-14 he was named the Northern Region Coach of the Year after going 19-8 (11-3 in conference play).

“I am excited to join the program and coach alongside Tony,” said Dunham. “I’ve grown very familiar with Viking basketball and have the utmost respect for the program and all of its accomplishments. I look forward to coming right in and getting to work as we prepare for the 2016-17 season.”

As WCC’s top assistant the Orcas set a Northern Region record making 10 consecutive appearances in the NWAC Tournament. During his time at Whatcom CC he also served as the interim associate athletic director (Sept. 2015-April 2016) and the coordinator of the new student recreation center (July 2015-April 2016).

Dunham was also an assistant coach for two seasons at Independence High School in San Jose, Calif.

He played collegiately at Lewis-Clark State (Lewiston, Idaho) for one seasons (1993-94) prior to going overseas to play in China, Romania and San Salvador. He earned his bachelor’s degree from LCSC in kinesiology. The former guard also played two seasons at Golden West Junior College in Huntington Beach, California. He is a Southern California native hailing from Pasadena High School.

Dunham’s first day at his new post on the WWU campus was April 11.


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